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The Cover
May 14, 2003

David Praised by the Israelite Women

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;289(18):2329. doi:10.1001/jama.289.18.2329

The 17th century was a fertile time for much of European art, but it was especially so for Dutch painting. Ironically, the distinctive features of much of the Dutch painting produced during this Golden Age are obscured by the very lushness of the environment. Not so the school of Utrecht, however. Early in the century, several of its painters spent considerable time in Italy, where they were imbued with the spirit of Italian Renaissance art, with the developing Mannerism, and in the case of the Utrecht artists, with the brilliant work of the ill-fated Caravaggio (JAMA cover, September 8, 1989). One of the earliest and most influential of the Utrecht group was Hendrick Ter Brugghen (1588-1629). Ter Brugghen was born most likely in The Hague, where his father was a civil servant in the political and military administration. Despite some shadowy beginnings (Ter Brugghen's father was the illegitimate son of a Roman Catholic priest), the family was well-connected.

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