The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
If, as is often said, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, then John
Constable, if one is to judge by his landscape studies, found it primarily
in clouds. Ruskin preferred mountains; Turner tucked tiny valleys between
the vast peaks, while the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich added
solitary figures atop the peaks. The Dutch, on the other hand, liked the sea,
and to them the best landscape was a seascape. Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857),
a Romantic like his friend Friedrich and often called "the father of Norwegian
painting," liked them all, water, mountains, clouds, solitary figures; most
of all he liked the fjords and moonlight of his native Norway. View From Vaekero Near Christiania (cover )
is characteristic Dahl.
Southgate MT. View From Vaekero Near Christiania. JAMA. 2001;286(4):388. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.388