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Spencer. In the Wilderness with a Paintbrush

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Christ in the Wilderness. The Eagles      That is why artists, the more conscious they are of their “gift”, are led all the more to see themselves and the whole of creation with eyes able to contemplate and give thanks, and to raise to God a hymn of praise. (From the 1999 Letter of his Holiness Pope John Paul II to artists. )       Sir Stanley Spencer was a British artist who wanted to paint a picture dedicated to every single day Jesus spent in the desert, with the intent to show one on each day of Lent. We would like to honor this controversial and contradictory artist because we think he was animated by a great faith in God.   Sir Stanley Spencer. A controversial painter who loved Jesus. by Liana Marabini (Translated by L. Pavese)        Jesus’ public life is interesting, not only for events of the time, recounted in the Gospels, but also because it concerns His physical presence on Earth. From the Pentecost on, we will instead talk about the spiritual presence of Christ.

Catamaranot. Two hulls or not two hulls?

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Savoia Marchetti S.63        The Savoia Marchetti S.63 was an attempt to reduce the catamaran-configured S.55 to a central monohull seaplane, because the h igh command of the Italian Regia Aeronautica, initially, did not like the twin hull arrangement proposed by SIAI.    S.55 (for comparison)           The new seaplane maintained the engines and the wing of its twin hull predecessor , minus the central section and the twin boom tail arrangement.         The mono-hull prototype of the S.63, that was designed for a military purpose, featured a gunner-observer bow hatch with a machine gun. The pilots sat side by side just forward of the leading edge, where the fuselage presented a marked step down, that is visible in the top photograph.         In view of the success that the S.55 was beginning to enjoy, after the military evaluation the S.63 project was dropped, and the aircraft returned to SIAI.       The manufacturer replaced the fuselage with one that did not have the forwar