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The Cover
December 13, 2000

Edmondo and Thérèse Morbilli

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2000;284(22):2839. doi:10.1001/jama.284.22.2839

Born in Paris into a wealthy and aristocratic family with international banking and business connections, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a law student turned art student. As early as 1853, when he was still studying law at the Sorbonne, he began copying paintings at the Louvre, concentrating on 15th- and 16th-century Italian paintings. A year later he entered the studio of Louis Lamothe, a former pupil of Ingres, who, like his master, emphasized line. At 21, with his father's encouragement, Degas entered the École des Beaux Arts. His studies there only strengthened his feeling for line and drawing. His preference for the classical tradition, even during his later association with the Impressionists, would remain evident throughout his life.