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The Cover
December 1, 2004

Portrait of a Young Man in Red

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2004;292(21):2551. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2551

Neither the sitter nor the painter—nor even the date—of Portrait of a Young Man in Red (cover ) has yet been identified with any certainty. On the other hand, the portrait bears close resemblance to the work of Raphael (1483-1520), whose paintings, it is generally agreed, epitomize the period of the Italian High Renaissance, which began about 1500. Raphael’s death, in 1520, marked a convenient date for art historians to reckon its end. On this basis Portrait of a Young Man in Red is ascribed a date of about 1505 and is attributed to the “Circle of Raphael.” Raphael, it is known, had arrived in Florence from his native Urbino at age 21; he stayed for four years, until 1508, when he went to Rome at the request of Pope Julius II to work on his library (JAMA cover, March 17, 1999). He died in Rome at age 37.