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The Cover
July 27, 2005

The Happy Moment

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

JAMA. 2005;294(4):404. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.404

American art was transformed during the early 1800s. It was the first time American artists were commanding attention and respect for their works as their European counterparts had done for centuries. Esteemed art schools and art organizations were cropping up in New York, most significantly the National Academy of Design (NAD), founded in 1825. The artists who were identified with the NAD were instrumental in shaping this transformation and were considered the most talented painters and sculptors of the era.

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