From the Archives: Medical Illustrator János “John” Bernát


After receiving treatment for cancer at City of Hope in the early 1950s, artist John Bernát joined City of Hope’s staff as a medical illustrator.  In the preceding years, the artist and his wife, sculptor Martha Miligan, found work in Pennsylvania and Ohio decorating church interiors.  Now he tried his hand at medical painting.   He soon mastered the technique of creating factual representations that captured details that often escaped the camera lens.

The artist quickly immersed himself in additional activities on campus.  He taught art classes, hosted staff meals and took on campus art projects. In the mid-1950s he painted Disney characters on the walls of the new children’s wing of the hospital.  He’s seen here with medical photographer (on the left), Dick Ray, 1960.

To learn more about John Bernát, see the article in City News, Winter 2013.


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