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The Cover
January 26, 2000

The Volute Krater

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2000;283(4):437. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.437

One need not look far to discover a belief in the order and beauty of the universe. A single Greek vase will suffice. Here, in vessels that are unsurpassed in Western art, the ancient Greeks demonstrated their love of reason and passion, of proportion, mathematics, truth and beauty, art and science. Greek vases are ideal marriages not only of science and art, but of the useful with the beautiful, of form and function, a perfect melding of the useful arts and the fine arts. They celebrated the human figure, "man, the measure of all things." As many as 200 figures might be arranged on a single vase.

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