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The Cover
December 26, 2007

Madonna II

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(24):2832. doi:10.1001/jama.298.24.2832

Nurtured in a climate that segregated by race, by gender, and by political sympathies, the career of the African American sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett (1915-    ) is as enduring as the marble she shapes. Her themes, while drawn specifically from the African American struggles, in which she herself participated, are universal. “A mother and child crosses all racial and ethnic boundaries,” she once told an instructor who was gently urging her into more mainstream subjects. A corollary to her statement was a firm belief that art is for everyone, not just the elite.