Smithsonian Cover Art
December 14, 2005 6:14 AM   Subscribe

Cover Art: The Time Collection [Flash] "In 1978 Time Magazine gave to the National Portrait Gallery some 800 works of original art that had at one time or another appeared on its covers." The gallery has created an online-only exhibition of the covers (the museum is closed for renovation until July 4, 2006). "And while one may normally imagine ornately framed oils of distinguished luminaries when thinking of the NPG, the Time covers offer a much closer to 'street level' survey of the prominent figures of any specific period." [via CSM]
posted by clgregor (7 comments total)
Content = excellent. Flash interface = annoying.
posted by killdevil at 6:23 AM on December 14, 2005

See also: Time's cover archive.
posted by papercake at 6:59 AM on December 14, 2005

The Esquire cover gallery is really neat, especially contrasting the really out-there covers of the 60s and 70s with the portrait-of-a-star style that started in the early 80s.
posted by fet at 7:51 AM on December 14, 2005

This is a fine post thank you.
posted by marxchivist at 8:18 AM on December 14, 2005

Always seeing Boris Artzybasheff's art on these Time magazine covers.
posted by X4ster at 10:55 AM on December 14, 2005

Wow, the Beatles are really ugly on the splash page.
posted by kirkaracha at 12:47 PM on December 14, 2005

Fantastic post. I loved the Bill Gates one. Amazing that he made the cover way back then.

Just goes to show you that the good posts are the ones that don't get many comments.
posted by Dag Maggot at 6:49 PM on December 14, 2005

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