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A new Society of Illustrators exhibit showcases the work of Stanley Meltzoff, illustrator and Renaissance man.

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Stanley Meltzoff

Once upon a time, painting illustrations for magazines like the Atlantic was a vital source of livelihood for commercial artists. An exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in New York celebrates one of the giants of the later 20th century, Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006). Meltzoff was a Renaissance man: painter, deep-sea fisherman and early user of SCUBA gear, and amateur marine biologist. He was also a scholar of the Renaissance, a trained prizewinning art historian and art school professor. I've written about his life and strategies in dealing with the changing market for The American Magazine.

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Edward Tenner is a historian of technology and culture. He was a founding advisor of Smithsonian's Lemelson Center and holds a Ph.D in European history. More

Edward Tenner is an independent writer and speaker on the history of technology and the unintended consequences of innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Chicago and was executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows and John Simon Guggenheim fellow, he has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton and has held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. He is now an affiliate of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. He was a founding advisor of Smithsonian's Lemelson Center, where he remains a senior research associate.

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