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Easter Sunday

Jeanette M. Smith, MD
JAMA. 2013;309(12):1205. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.176795.
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The intoxicating scent of soon-approaching spring and sunny daffodils bobbing above the desiccating snow are all part of the exhilaration of the Easter season. Children excitedly race around Grandma's house in search of hidden Easter eggs, and gardeners ponder the preternaturally perfect veggies seen in seed catalogs. For others, there may be a quieter inward sense of renewal.

New beginnings often require new clothes, as is perhaps illustrated by the blossom-bedecked bonnets adorning women in Easter Sunday (cover) by Gari Melchers (1860-1932), an example of his skill in portraying the beauty of ordinary life and keenly conveying the subtlety of human emotion.

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Gari Melchers (1860-1932), Easter Sunday, 1910-1911, American. Oil on canvas. 132.1 × 142.2 cm. Courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art (http://www.toledomuseum.org/), Toledo, Ohio; gift of Florence Scott Libbey, 1923.21. Photo credit: Toni Marie Gonzalez, Toledo Museum of Art.



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