A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 18, 1960

THE history of TIME'S cover portrait on this Easter issue is as touched with mystery as the life of the cover subject. This luminous, tempera-on-wood painting of St. Paul, one of the finest examples of early Italian Renaissance art, hangs in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The experts do not agree on who the artist was; most attribute it to the 14th century school of Simone Martini in Siena. Yet the master himself was probably not the painter; most likely, it is the work of his brother-in-law and pupil, Lippo Memmi. Experts speculate that the painting was originally part of a...

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