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