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Born in Fort Lee\, New Jersey\, Antonio Petruccelli (1907–19 94) developed his artistic talent at an early age and began his career as a textile designer. After winning several House Beautiful cover illustration contests\, he became a freelance illustrator in 1932\; subsequently his wo rk appeared on the covers of Fortune\, The New Yorker\, Collier’s\, Tod ay and House Beautiful magazines. The art director for Fo rtune\, Francis Brennan\, said of Petruccelli\, “Tony was Mr. Versatil ity for Fortune. He could do anything\, from charts and diagrams t o maps\, illustrations\, covers and caricatures.” Throughout his life\, Pet ruccelli won many important design awards including a U.S. Postage stamp fo r the American Steel Industry’s 100th anniversary and a Bicentennial medal for the state of New Jersey.

During his tenure at Fortune from 1933 to 1945 he created 30 covers\, 28 of which were published. Al l displayed his characteristic precision and wonderful quality of touch. At the time\, the Fortune cover was a large scale and lavish product ion\, printed by the gravure process on heavy card stock. Petruccelli’s wit ty and imaginative contributions made full use of the potential for rich an d dense color combined with a great repertoire of hatch\, scratch and stipp le. The images he devised were entirely his own and seemed to owe very litt le to the work of his contemporaries.

For Fortune’s fi rst ten years the cover followed a clearly defined template or framing devi ce and Petruccelli\, above all others\, exploited and played with this devi ce to stunning effect. In compositional terms he favored oblique viewpoints and strong diagonals. His early training in textile design fueled his abil ity to create rhythmic and dynamic compositions and supplied him with an ey e for the possibilities of repeated motifs. Many images suggest an intuitiv e understanding of the dynamics of Italian Futurism combined with an Art De co sensibility. His covers and illustrations provided social commentary thr ough the depiction of various aspects of American life\, reflecting the soc ial\, economic and political atmosphere over several decades.

DTEND:20121201 DTSTAMP:20140917T102957 DTSTART:20121016 GEO:40.764789;-73.966889 LOCATION:Society of Illustrators\,128 East 63rd Street \nNew York\, NY 1002 1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:An Unsung American Illustrator\, Antonio Petruccelli UID:239601 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121016T200000 DTSTAMP:20140917T102957 DTSTART:20121016T100000 GEO:40.764789;-73.966889 LOCATION:Society of Illustrators\,128 East 63rd Street \nNew York\, NY 1002 1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:An Unsung American Illustrator\, Antonio Petruccelli UID:239602 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR