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Short But Sweet Article, With Neat Poster, on Brunelleschi’s Dome in The February 2014 Issue Of ‘National Geographic’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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by Anura Guruge


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rosskingbrundomecoveraFilippo Brunelleschi, who came up with the design for Florence Cathedral’s awesomely stupendous dome in the 15th century, is one of my all time favorite heroes. As some contend he heralded the magnificent, destiny-changing Italian Renaissance.

I had read Ross King’s excellent ‘Brunelleschi’s Dome‘ quite a few years ago — more or less as soon as I had finished reading his compelling and educational ‘Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling‘. So, as far as I could tell, I didn’t really learn anything too profound by this disappointingly terse article — though it was very beautifully crafted. I admired the skill and effort that had gone into its creation.

Feudpbk210-210What National Geographic though adds is the graphics and side-bar illustration. They are peerless. Deanna hasn’t read it as yet so I haven’t taken out the poster. I can’t, however, wait to do so and spread it out on the floor and study it in more detail. It is worth getting the issue just for the poster. I will save the poster and stick it in one of my Brunelleschi books. I also happen to have this (>>) book. It is also about Brunelleschi’s Dome but viewed in terms of the feud with his competitor and co-architect Ghibrti. Maybe this is the impetus to start reading that as soon as I finish the 1,200 page (if not longer) ‘Texas‘ by James Michener.

As far as I can tell there are no boobs on display in this month’s issue. I could be wrong. I haven’t looked through each page. There is, however, a very disturbing picture of a few hundred, nearly naked, very brown Indians, with the scrawniest asses imaginable walking in file — some involved in some ‘unnatural’ activities. I will take topless any day of the week over that.


Has ‘National Geographic’ Gone Back To Printing ‘Topless’, i.e., Naked ‘Tribal’ Women, Again?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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by Anura Guruge


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As I must have mentioned many times before ‘National Geographic‘ is the one magazine that I insist on getting, without interruption, over the last few years.

I like reading and looking at the pictures in Nat. G. I have also been doing so since the mid-1950s.

Now as most folks my age, i.e., in their 60s, especially the men, will remember, no doubt with a wry smile, Nat. G. used to be notorious for printing nude pictures of tribal folks. I am sure that many a man reading this will probably think back and realize that it is possible that the first boobs that he ever saw in print (if nothing else) was in an issue of Nat. G.

I can’t say I have made a study of this but I do recall hearing talk about it. I thought Nat. G. had gone American (very hypocritic) Puritanical and STOPPED publishing nude pictures.

So, a couple of days ago, when I was looking through the January 2014 issue, that we had just got, I had to take a double take when I saw the following picture. It was very tasteful and SUBTLE. They had a bunch of pictures of topless men and some of those men, as is the wont the world round, had bigger tits than the women. Plus, they were very clever. She is kind of androgynous. So unless you were paying close attention you might have missed it all.

I have no problems either way. I don’t need to see boobs in Nat. G. But, I have absolutely no problem with them showing such since I never have had a problem with topless women. I find the American ‘revulsion’ hilarious. As a good European I am used to seeing topless women in beaches and as I used to say: ‘after the first 10,000 tits they all start looking the same’. But, I am sure that there will be those, especially the younger readers (though, they, unlike us growing up, have the Internet), who will appreciate Nat. G.’s attempts to be more hip again.

My job, as ever, was to note the trend, for posterity.


The cover of the January 2014 issue
with the Cover Story … which contains THE picture

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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from ‘National Geographic’.


The subtle picture. January 2014 issue. Page 46.

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Click to ENLARGE. Of course from ‘National Geographic’. Of course their copyright. I am just ‘quoting’.