The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Some 20 to 25 years elapsed between Frans Hals'(c 1582/1583-1666) A Young Man in a Large Hat (JAMA cover,
October 25, 2000) and Portrait of a Man
(cover). It could have been a lifetime.
The adolescent, care-free, even silly youth is now a sober, thoughtful, middle-aged
man. The cavalier has become the puritan. But it was not only dress that had
changed so radically in a generation: the times had also changed. The Peace
of Westphalia had just ended a war that had been waging on the Continent for
some 30 years. The greatly reduced German population now began to slowly recover.
In the Spanish Netherlands, the Treaty of Munster finally made official the
Dutch Republic and its independence from Spain. In England, Oliver Cromwell
was on the horizon and the hapless Charles was about to be executed.
Southgate MT. Portrait of a Man. JAMA. 2000;284(20):2563. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2563