|UNESCO #1100 - "Rio da Mulata" (cartoon by Lan) - BRAZIL|
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
"Rio da Mulata" (Lan) - BRAZIL
When we think of Brasil, no doubt that one of the first things that come to our mind are the beautiful "mulatas" (afro-caucasian girls) immortalized in the song "The Girl from Ipanema". This extraordinary illustration, that transforms the Corcovado Mountain in a women body, was made by the charicaturist Lanfranco Aldo Ricardo Vaselli Cortellini Rossi Rossini (whoa, that's a big name - no wonder he chosen the artistic name Lan!), born in Italy in 1925, he settled in Rio in 1953 and his cartoons, almost always with sensual "mulatas", are regarded by many as being as typically "Carioca" as Copacabana beach. Thank you so much Silvia, this postcard is amazing - in fact I'll add it to the UNESCO collection in the entry of 'Carioca Landscapes'. This postcard took 18 days to arrive!
The "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea" site consists of an exceptional urban setting encompassing the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city.