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Old 29-12-2014, 07:27 PM   #206
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 1944 Christmas ReinCarToon..
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a male reindeer with a glowing red nose, popularly known as "Santa's Ninth Reindeer".. When depicted, he is the lead reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.. The luminosity of his nose is so great that it illuminates the team's path through inclement winter weather..The retailer had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money.. May considered naming the reindeer "Rollo" or "Reginald" before deciding upon using the name "Rudolph".. In its first year of publication, Montgomery Ward had distributed 2.5 million copies of Rudolph's story.. The story is written as a poem in anapestic tetrameter, the same meter as "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas")..Rudolph made his first screen appearance in 44, in a cartoon short produced by Max Fleischer for the Jam Handy Corporation that was more faithful to May's original story than Marks' song, which had not yet been written..In 64, Rankin/Bass adapted the tale into a stop-motion Christmas special.. Filmed entirely in Japan, with all sound recordings done in Toronto, Canada, the show premiered on NBC, drastically altering the original telling of the story...

The picture portrays an older man in a red robe, embracing a young child who is also wearing red.. They sit in an interior, illuminated against a darkened wall.. Behind them at right is a window through which can be seen a generalized landscape, its uneven terrain and winding roads typical of Ghirlandaio's backgrounds.. Although the man's fur-lined robe and cappuccio and the boy's elegant doublet and cap indicate a noble heritage,and despite the traditional assumption that the subjects are grandfather and grandson, their identities are unknown..An extraordinary feature of the painting is the deformity of the man's nose, evidence of rhinophyma.. Ghirlandaio has presented the portrait in a naturalistic and sympathetic fashion, at variance with physiognomic theory of the era, which maintained a connection between external appearances and internal truths.. Rather than implying a defect of character, An Old Man and his Grandson invites appreciation of the man's virtuousness...

Rhinophyma is a large, bulbous, ruddy nose caused by granulomatous infiltration, commonly due to untreated rosacea..Rhinophyma is characterised by prominent pores and a fibrous thickening of the nose, sometimes with papules.. It is associated with the common skin condition rosacea.. It can carry a strong psychological impact due to its effect on one's personal appearance..Alcoholism is mistakenly attributed as a cause of this disease, but heavy alcohol consumption does aggravate the condition.. Rhinophyma may be diagnosed without testing, but a skin biopsy can confirm the diagnosis.. Surgical treatment may be beneficial.. it mostly affects men past middle age.. Patients seek advice because of the perceived unsightly appearance of the enlargement, or obstruction in breathing and vision..It primarily affects people of northwestern European descent and has been nicknamed the "curse of the Celts" by some in Britain and Ireland, although
recently this has been questioned... one foggy Christmas Eve Satan came to say: "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"...

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