Rudolph F. Zallinger
Rudolph Franz Zallinger (November 12, 1919 - August 1, 1995) was an American-based artist notable for his mural The Age of Reptiles (1947) at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History and for the popular illustration known as March of Progress (1965), one of the world's most recognizable scientific images. His painting of the Tyrannosaurus Rex heavily influenced the design of Toho Studios' "Godzilla" when the film was made in 1954 (two of Zallinger's dinosaurs - the T. Rex and the Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) are seen as part of the slide demonstration during Dr. Yamane's lecture in the Diet. A third slide showing Zallinger's Stegosaurus was planned but eventually not used in the film).
Zallinger was born in Irkutsk, Siberia in 1919. He attended Yale’s School of Fine Arts on scholarships during the Great Depression, was trained as an illustrator, and he taught at Yale after graduation. The Peabody Museum hired him to paint the mural in 1943 at $40 a week, and Zallinger took a crash course in paleontology to prepare for the job. The mural is one of the largest in the world, measuring 110 feet (33.5 meters) by 16 feet (4.9 meters). It required more than 4.5 years (1943–1947) to complete. A portion of the mural appeared on a United States postage stamp in 1970. After that, the museum appointed him as the “artist in residence”, a position he held until his death.
Beginning in 1961 Zallinger taught at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.
- "Yale Peabody Museum : Collections : Archives : Rudolph Franz Zallinger". Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- "1970 U.S. Postage Stamp Issues". Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- Wallace, D.R., Beasts of Eden, University of California Press, 2004
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