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Number 68, January - February 2010

"La Fornarina" - Raphael (Italy 1483 - 1520)

Raphael? Is this the same guy who painted Madonna and Child and all those other great religious works? "The Portrait of a Young Woman" (also known as La fornarina) is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance master Raphael, made between 1518 and 1520. It is in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini, Rome.
It is probable that the picture was in the painter's studio at his death in 1520, and that it was modified and then sold by his assistant Giulio Romano. In the 16th century the picture was in the house of the Countess of Santafiora, a Roman noblewoman, and subsequently became property of the Duke Boncompagni and then of the Galleria Nazionale which still possesses it.
The woman is traditionally identified with the fornarina (bakeress) Margherita Luti, Raphael's Roman mistress, though this has been questioned. The woman is pictured with an oriental style hat and bare breasts. She is making the gesture to cover her left breast, or to turn it with her hand, and is illuminated by a strong artificial light coming from the external. Her left arm has a narrow band carrying the signature of the artist, RAPHAEL URBINAS.

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Welcome to our first 2010 issue (on time for a change)!

In the "Editor's Page" I tell you why I am disappointed in President Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan.

In the "Fiction" section this month there are two bilingual stories by Yours Truly (translated by María Teresa Gutiérrez) as well as a monolingual one by Paul Holler.

“Current Events” includes an article by Tom Englehardt about the war in Afghanistan and one by Gaither Stewart about the decline of Italy and the Berlusconi phenomenon.

Did you know that reincarnation is also contained in Judaism? Check out the article in "Features" by Yerachmiel Tilles and learn how. Under the same section learn more about the world's need for many many more vegetarians.

Under "Education" Stephen Sagarin gives us his version of what Waldorf education really is.

A long analysis and review of Dawkin's "The God Delusion" by Valdemar Setzer describes Dawkin's delusions.

Some of Rudyad Kiplings best poetry brings of the rear of this issue, including my favorite: Gunga Din. Warming: Kipling was far from being politically correct.

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What is Waldorf Education?
Stephen Sagarin


Anthroposophy - an Introduction

Antroposofía - introducción
Frank Thomas Smith

The Anthroposophical Movement - 3
The Opposition to Spiritual Revelations

Rudolf Steiner

Genesis VIII
Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation

Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophical Guidelines - 10
Rudolf Steiner

Book Reviews

"The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins
Reviewed and Analyzed by Valdemar Setzer


Gunga Din...and more
Rudyard Kipling