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The Cover
January 26, 2005


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

JAMA. 2005;293(4):401. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.401

The artists were there, body and soul: they had, in fact, always been here. But paintings remained unpainted and sculptures uncarved because neither the time nor the season was ripe. Like the Cimabues and Giottos of 13th-century Florence, they needed the proper time and place for their art to be born. It would take a renaissance. The proper confluence of time, talent, and place occurred in 20th-century New York, in Harlem. More broadly known as the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s remains unsurpassed for its art and general creativity in all areas. But whether the Harlem Renaissance was the cause or the result of this extraordinary flowering of talent is impossible to say. Art and culture live each in the milieu of the other, no more to be separated than breath from a singer or a planet from its orbit.

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