From the Publisher: Feb 5 1990

How do you capture the face of a man who has not been seen in public for the past 27 years? Ask artist Paul Davis, who painted this week's cover of Nelson Mandela. No new pictures of the African National Congress leader have been available since the early 1960s. Relatively few people know what he looks like today.

Davis began with an old Mandela picture, imagining how decades of hard time would change him. Four years ago, TIME commissioned Davis to paint Mandela as a young man. We sent a copy to South Africa for suggestions on how he had changed....

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