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The Cover
August 16, 2000

A View on a High Road

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

JAMA. 2000;284(7):805. doi:10.1001/jama.284.7.805

With the enormous number of painters working in 17th-century Holland, it is not surprising that some of them should turn to specialization, hoping perhaps to improve their income. Indeed, some of them may be said even to have chosen subspecialties. Thus, Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709), while a master of landscape painting, became a subspecialist in the wooded landscape. Whether he specialized because he was good at wooded landscapes or whether he was good at wooded landscapes because he specialized is probably unanswerable. Perhaps he was a perfectionist who felt a more defined subject would be less daunting, perhaps the market was more favorable for wooded scenes, or perhaps he simply enjoyed painting trees. The truth probably contains all of these elements, in varying degrees.

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