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The Cover
September 13, 2006

Interior of the Palmhouse on the Pfaueninsel Near Potsdam

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;296(10):1207. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1207

His was a career that began late and ended early, cut short by madness and suicide. His government honored him posthumously, but the German painter Carl Blechen (1798-1840), at least in the United States, remains largely unknown. Many of his paintings were either lost or destroyed during the 1940s. Those that remain are quiet and subtle, faint echoes, in some instances, of the English painter William Blake. Much stronger affinities exist, however, between Blechen's work and that of his slightly older countryman, the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (JAMA cover, November 3, 2004).