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The Cover
August 14, 2002

Still Life With Grapes and Figs

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2002;288(6):673. doi:10.1001/jama.288.6.673

Mention Spanish painting and the mind immediately conjures up the familiar names: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya. Sometimes the names of the less well-known—Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo—will come also to mind, and perhaps even that of Cotan, the 17th-century monk. But the name Luis Egidio Meléndez (1716-1780) is scarcely—if ever—among them. Yet he has often been called (posthumously) the greatest Spanish still life painter of the 18th century. He has also been called the "Spanish Chardin," but that epithet does neither him nor the French still-life painter justice.

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