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The Cover
October 1, 2003

The Entry of the Animals Into Noah's Ark

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;290(13):1680. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1680

In the Netherlands of the 16th and 17th centuries, it was not unusual to find families of painters extending over several generations. Some, like the Brueghels of the southern Netherlands, might even be called dynasties, so far-flung and influential were their several notable constituents. Marriages, often second marriages after the untimely death of a spouse, often into the lineage of another painter, extended and cemented each family's influence. Second marriages brought the added confusion of stepbrothers and stepsisters, some with identical names, as well as half-brothers and half-sisters.

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