A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 22, 1965

TIME, basically, is a word magazine, but we also take pride in our pictures, most particularly our cover paintings—such as Robert Vickrey's portrait of Senator William Fulbright on this week's cover. Now look beyond the Senator's right ear. The scrollwork of flowers and birds that decorates the wall panel by the door of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room is the creation of still another artist whom millions of Americans know by style, if not always by name.

He was Constantino Brumidi, and although he was 47 before he came to the U.S. as a political refugee from Italy, he was as...

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