The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
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.
Chester. JAMA. 2005;293(4):401. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.401