The Man Who Painted 'Atlantic' Covers Before Photography Took Over

By Edward Tenner

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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