The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Neither the sitter nor the painter—nor even the date—of Portrait of a Young Man in Red (cover)
has yet been identified with any certainty. On the other hand, the portrait
bears close resemblance to the work of Raphael (1483-1520), whose paintings,
it is generally agreed, epitomize the period of the Italian High Renaissance,
which began about 1500. Raphael’s death, in 1520, marked a convenient
date for art historians to reckon its end. On this basis Portrait of a Young Man in Red is ascribed a date of about 1505 and
is attributed to the “Circle of Raphael.” Raphael, it is known,
had arrived in Florence from his native Urbino at age 21; he stayed for four
years, until 1508, when he went to Rome at the request of Pope Julius II to
work on his library (JAMA cover, March 17, 1999).
He died in Rome at age 37.
Southgate MT. Portrait of a Young Man in Red. JAMA. 2004;292(21):2551. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2551