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The Cover
December 12, 2001

The Eye Operation

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2001;286(22):2779-2780. doi:10.1001/jama.286.22.2779

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) produced a prodigious number of drawings, some of which were executed as exploratory exercises in preparation for etchings and paintings. These drawings are extraordinary for capturing complex ideas with the utmost sureness and simplicity. An outstanding example of these drawings is the series devoted to Tobit and Tobias. Rembrandt was intrigued with this story and returned to it in drawings, etchings, and paintings. It is presumed that he became acquainted with Tobit and Tobias—together with a considerable knowledge of other Jewish lore—through his friendship with members of the Jewish community in Leiden and in Amsterdam.

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