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The Cover
October 24/31, 2001

Youth Making a Face

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2001;286(16):1940. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.1940

His life was short and his output scant, but his admirers were numerous. So highly did Rubens, his contemporary and countryman, regard him that he owned no fewer than 17 of his works. Rembrandt owned six, not including a sketchbook and another that was a copy. But such admiration bred imitation as well and attribution remains either a nightmare or a career opportunity, depending on one's point of view. (Even Rubens is reported to have asked for a statement of authenticity for one of the works he acquired.) Of the 60-odd works currently attributed to him, only two are signed and none are dated. Apparently he did not paint for posterity.

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