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The Baptism of Christ (Piero della Francesca)

The Baptism of Christ is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca. Painted in egg tempera on two panels of poplar wood, the dating is controversial – some give it a early date 1439, it is held by the National London. The panel was commissioned some time about 1440 by the Camaldolese Monastery of Sansepolcro in Tuscany, now Sansepolcro Cathedral. Sansepolcro was the town the birthplace of Piero della Francesca; the town depicted in the middle distance in the painting, to Christ's left, may be Sansepolcro. Its dating to Piero della Francesca's early career is evidenced by the strong relationship with the "light painting" of his master, Domenico Veneziano, it was part of a triptych, with side panels of St Peter and St Paul and a predella by Matteo di Giovanni dated to the early 1460s, now in the civic art gallery in Sansepolcro. The composition is centred on the figure of Christ being baptised in the River Jordan by the figure of John the Baptist on the right. Behind John, a man in white briefs, his feet in the water, is struggling to get out of his undershirt.

Above Christ is a dove, representing the Holy Spirit, with the shape of its foreshortened wings resembling the clouds in the sky. The original triptych frame may have included a roundel above the dove showing God the Father, which with Christ and the dove representing the Holy Spirit would complete the Holy Trinity; the figure of Christ, John's hand and the bowl, the bird, form an axis which divides the painting in two symmetrical parts. A second division is created by the walnut tree on the left, with white bark that echoes the white skin of Christ, which divides the painting according to the golden ratio. Balancing the figure of John to the right, but separated from Jesus by the tree's trunk, are three angels on the left who are wearing different clothing. In a break from traditional iconography, the angels are not supporting Christ's garments, but are holding each other's hands; this could be an allusion to the contemporary Council of Florence, whose goal was the unification of the Western and Eastern Churches.

The Camaldolese monk and theologian, Saint Ambrose Traversari, Prior General of the Camaladolese congregation, had been a strong supporter of the union. Such symbolism is suggested by the presence, behind the neophyte on the right, of figures dressed in an oriental fashion interpreted as Byzantine dignitaries. Alternatively, the three angels could represent the three aspects of the Holy Trinity. Piero della Francesca was renowned in his times as an authority on perspective and geometry: his attention to the theme is shown by John's arm and leg, which form two angles of the same size; the monastery in Sansepolcro was dissolved in the 1860s, the painting was bought by the National Gallery in London in 1861. Zuffi, Stefano. Piero della Francesca. Milan: Mondadori Arte; the Baptism of Christ, Piero della Francesca, National Gallery The Baptism of Christ, Piero della Francesca, The National Gallery, ArtUK more reading at Great Works of Western Art Page at artonline.it Piero wasn’t just painting pictures, The Telegraph, 19 August 2011

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital is a community-based, teaching hospital located at 16 Guion Place in the city of New Rochelle, in Westchester County, New York, affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The hospital opened in 1892 as the New Rochelle Hospital. On November 6, 2013, Sound Shore was acquired by the Bronx-based Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was renamed Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, became part of the Montefiore Health System. Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency; the hospital has been identified as a national Solucient 100 Performance Improvement Leader, a center of excellence for bariatric surgery and first trimester antepartum screening, awarded approval with commendation by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital has been designated a Sinus Center of Excellence in the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital officials said it is one of only two hospitals in Westchester and only the fourth in New York to receive the distinction. Patients with chronic sinusitis are treated with balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive and innovative system, by physicians in the Division of Otolaryngology; the technique, which uses a balloon to spread and open the sinuses, can replace conventional sinus surgery that requires removal of bone and tissue to open passageways. Dr. Matthew J. Kates, chief of head and neck surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology, called it the first innovation in sinus surgery in nearly 20 years. Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor is the other sinus center in Westchester county. Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital serves both the local community, the greater Southern Westchester region, northern New York City, western Connecticut, it is the largest private teaching hospital in Westchester County, with residencies in Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Pediatrics, fellowship programs in Laparoscopic Surgery and Gastroenterology.

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital is a designated Perinatal Hospital and Stroke Center, is the only designated New York State Area Trauma Center in Southern Westchester County. Specialty facilities include a New York State Department of Health designated level 3 neonatal intensive care unit and the Harriet and Bernard Miller Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. There are programs in cancer care, bariatric weight loss, renal dialysis, laparoscopic surgery, orthopaedics and sleep medicine; the facility offers primary, acute and long-term health care. In addition to its 242 inpatient beds, the hospital campus houses the 150-bed Schaffer Extended Care Center for senior citizens, which provides 50 beds for short-term rehabilitation patients and 100 for long-term residents. Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery and 1st Trimester Antepartum Screening

November 2019 Syria bombings

In November 2019 several car bombings occurred in northern Syria. The bombings happened in Tell Abyad and one in Al-Bab. Five were blamed on the PKK and one was claimed by ISIL; the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria began in October 2019, supporting the Syrian opposition. On 2 November 2019, a car bombing in a busy street of Tell Abyad killed injured dozens more; the bombing occurred in the middle of a marketplace in the district center of Tell Abyad near the border with Turkey. The bombing killed and injured civilians. Turkey said that the PKK conducted the bombings. On 10 November 2019, a car bombing occurred near Tell Abyad, killing 8 people and wounded numerous others. Turkey once again stated that PKK were behind the attack; the attack happened outside of a bakery, targeting fighters but the blast killed only civilians. On 11 November 2019, a triple car bombing occurred in Qamishli, killing 6 people and wounding 21. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack which near a hotel. On 16 November 2019, a few car bombs detonated near a bus terminal and a taxi station in Al-Bab, killing at least 19 and injuring around 50 others.

Turkey said the PKK was behind the bombing. On 23 November, another car bomb targeted Tell Abyad. On 26 November, a car bomb went off in the Turkish-controlled area west of Ras al-Ayn, killing at least 17 people and injuring 20 others; the attack happened at a local village market. Turkey blamed the PKK for the attack. Casualty recording Syrian Network for Human Rights January 2017 Azaz bombing June 2019 Syria bombings