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The Cover
February 23, 2000

The Philosopher's Conquest

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2000;283(8):969. doi:10.1001/jama.283.8.969

His earliest memory, the Italian and Greek painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) recalled, was of being inside a large room with his sister. She was seven, he three. Shortly thereafter she died, and a brother, Andrea, was born. The two boys became inseparable. Because they lived in the Greek seaport of Volos, whence Jason had sailed in his quest for the Golden Fleece, they called themselves Castor and Pollux, after the twin sons of Jupiter who had accompanied Jason. Their friends were the Argonauts, after those who sailed on Jason's ship, the Argos. When Giorgio was 16, his father Evaristo, an expatriate Italian engineer supervising the construction of the railway in Thessaly, also died. Giorgio, who had been studying drawing and painting at the Higher School of Fine Arts in Athens, failed his final exams and did not graduate. In 1906, his mother Gemma took the two boys to Munich, where, after a stop in Florence, Giorgio continued his art studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste. (Andrea, who changed his name, would later become known as the writer and composer Alberto Savinio.)

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