In terms of pathology, the girls born to Petrus Gonzales (1537-1618) were one in a billion, but not in the ‘one in a million’ sense we’ve come to associate with love songs or romantic poetry. Petrus’ daughters—Maddalena, Francesca and the youngest, Antonietta—were all afflicted with a then-unheard of genetic defect known as hypertrichosis universalis (or Ambras syndrome), which caused their bodies to be covered with abnormal amounts of hair in equally abnormal places, giving them an unmistakable Wolf man-like appearance.
One might expect that the girls—and their likewise afflicted father and brothers—would have been ostracized, yet they were welcomed in the courts of Europe and received considerable attention from physicians and nobles alike. (Källa här.)
Målning; Lavinia Fontana; ”Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales”, ca 1595