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The Cover
December 5, 2007

Ernesta (Child With Nurse)

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(21):2454. doi:10.1001/jama.298.21.2454

Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) painted men of war and men of healing. She painted rulers and ruled, the famous and the not so famous. Above all, however, she painted pictures of children, from toddlers to teens, sometimes with a mother or nurse, more often as singles; occasionally a sibling shared the canvas. Children were her métier. Unlike the tender mother-child paintings of her slightly older contemporary, Mary Cassatt, Beaux portrayed her children, even those barely out of infancy, as miniature adults, knowing beings, and, except for height, ready to deal with the world. In Ernesta (Child With Nurse) (cover), for example, we see not a rambunctious two-year-old, but a self-possessed queen calmly surveying the kingdom passing before her.

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