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The Cover
January 27, 1999

Macarena of Miracles

JAMA. 1999;281(4):304. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-4-jcs90000

In the 1960s, Audrey Flack (1931- ) began using photographs as the inspiration for her paintings, even though the main thrust of her earlier training was in abstract expressionism. She reinterpreted and reworked the photographic subjects into more expressive representations on canvas. In the 1970s, she began her series of vanitas paintings. These paintings were modeled after the 17th-century Northern European still lifes that served as reminders of the fleeting and ephemeral nature of life, at the same time that they depicted the vanity of the pursuit of material wealth (JAMA cover, September 16, 1988).