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All against Mussolini

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                After July 1943, when Benito Mussolini had been deposed, most people in Italy discovered to be antifascist. Mussolini embodied Italian Fascism, so it was only "natural" that his dead body was going to be mauled, like all the monuments and portraits of him were destroyed after his fall. But many artists who had participated in art contests sponsored by the Fascist government, and received awards, were presented in a recent art show by the Estorick Collection of London as opponents of the regime, mostly for what they did after 1943! That is, after Mussolini had been deposed.               Historical errors and dubious interpretations in an art exhibit of Italian anti-fascist works.     By Sandro Barbagallo (Translated by L. Pavese)      "The Opposition to the Regime on Display” was the subtitle of a London exhibition entitled “Against Mussolini: Art and the Fall of a Dictator,” that wished to present the Italian artistic production linked to the oppositio

The Blood of the Pelican

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     Beato Angelico’s altarpiece The Crucifixion  illustrates the meaning of the scene by means of a very special symbol drawn from biblical sources and a very long tradition.      The Christ as a Pelican. Eternal Truths from the Animal Kingdom.      By Stefano Chiappalone  (Translated by Leonardo Pavese)       Last July, for a singular coincidence, the famous Christie’s auction house offered to the bidders' attention a painting by Beato Angelico whose symbology is strictly linked to the Most Precious Blood of Christ, to which the month of July is traditionally dedicated.      The Dominican friar Fra’ Giovanni da Fiesole (1395-1455), is more known in art history as Beato Angelico, a title that attests to his sanctity which was officially recognized in 1982 by Saint Pope John Paul II, who proclaimed him patron saint of the artists.      Notwithstanding the prestigious commissions that he received during his lifetime, probably the Angelic could not have imagined that his relativel

RUFUS

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  Una chiatta a vela da m 10. di George Buehler Qualche anno fa, progettai una barca, chiamata Rufus, per un signore che viveva lungo la Intercoastal Waterway in Florida. Mi sono divertito un sacco ad idearla, e ho intenzione di farne una anche per me, un giorno. Ho pensato che potrei costruirla sulla riva del fiume Columbia, molto a monte; e poi venirmene giù galleggiando fino ad Astoria. O magari costruirla dove nasce il Mississippi, per poi scendere fino a New Orleans. E naturalmente sarebbe un’imbarcazione molto adatta anche ai quieti fiordi dello Stato di Washington. L’idea era quella di costruire un semplice ed economico camper galleggiante. In origine, Rufus avrebbe montato un piccolo motore entrobordo, o un fuoribordo tipo British Seagull, e una grande vela per farsi pigramente spingere dal vento. Da quando la barca fu disegnata però, la tecnologia dei motori fuoribordo è esplosa, e oggi prenderei seriamente in considerazione un  fuoribordo a quattro tempi dai 15 ai 25 hp. Natu

Cattivi Pastori

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  In questo articolo cercheremo di esaminare da vicino colui che può esser considerato il leader del movimento per i diritti civili dei neri degli Stati Uniti d'America: Martin Luther King Junior. L'articolo è la traduzione di un post tratto dal sito dell'organizzazione statunitense G3 Ministries . La ragion d'essere di detta organizzazione è di aiutare le chiese protestanti americane, promovuendo conferenze teologiche incentrate sulla parola di Dio, e non solo su quel pragmatismo che spesso caratterizza le conferenze evangeliche statunitensi. Negli Stati Uniti d'America è sorto un nuovo movimento, che non è di massa, ma tenta di reggersi sulle spalle del movimento per i diritti civili degli afro-americani degli anni 1950 e '60, sfruttandone soprattutto l'iconografia. Questo nuovo movimento si batte per il riconoscimento di certi "diritti" degli omosessuali americani che, non solo non sono contemplati dalla Costituzione, ma sono anche in contraddiz

The Chaca and her FIATs

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  La Chaca The Chaca above is an emblem used originally by the 2 nd Fighter Regiment of the Fuerza Aèrea Argentina, the Argentine Air Force. It represents an enraged Latin maid, or a housekeeper, armed with a broom, who’s about to bring her force to bear on someone who’s intruding into her space. (Whoever has experienced that, knows how terrifying that can be).   Although she looks very fierce and deadly, the Argentines thought that even the Chaca, in a modern confrontation, could have used some force multipliers in the form of a group of fighter aircraft. Attilio Baldini and Sergio Bontti recounts the story of how the Chaca came to adorn the noses of the FIAT G.55 fighters of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina, in this article, originally translated from Spanish into Italian by Silvano Martí, that I took and translated to English from the n. 137 issue of Ali Antiche magazine. I hope you will find it interesting. Your comments, as usual, will be very appreciated. Thanks, L. Pavese