Serrano, nicknamed the Duke of the Tower, was a Spanishgeneral who played a leading role in the conspiracy to overthrow the First Spanish Republic and restore the monarchy under the House of Bourbon in Spain. It has been argued that General Serrano had a personal interest in the plot, apart from a political motive. He has been sometimes asigned the paternity of the restored king Alphonse XII, the son of Elisabeth II of Spain, the former queen overthrown by the republicans. General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... A coup détat, or simply a coup, is the sudden overthrow of a government, usually done by a small group that just replaces the top power figures. ... Flag of the Spanish First Republic The First Spanish Republic lasted only two years, between 1873 and 1874. ... The House of Bourbon dates from at least the beginning of the 13th century, when the estate of Bourbon was ruled by a Lord, vassal of France. ...
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At age nine, Serrano was studying under his father, a professional guitarist, and learning the traditions of flamenco which is a fusion of Jewish, Moorish, Christian and Gypsy musical elements between the 8th and 15th centuries in Andalucia.
Serrano is the only flamenco guitarist in the world with a doctorate in humane letters and a tenured faculty position at a major university.
Serrano's latest recordings are a series of five compact discs, Masters of Flamenco, Volumes 1-5 and The Art of Flamenco Guitar released by Planet Records; Flamenco Festival, a re-release by BMG; Grandes Guitarras by Phillips; and Sabor Flamenco released by Concord Picante.
Southern: We recently learned of the Endowment's support for a so-called "work of art" by Andres Serrano entitled "Piss Christ." We write to express out outrage and to suggest in the strongest terms that the procedures used by the Endowment to award and support artists be reformed.
Serrano's selection, this photograph and some of his other works were exhibited in several cities around the country with the approval and the support of the National Endowment.
Senator Helms says that Serrano is not really an "artist." The other senators refer to him as an "artist," even though they disapprove of his work.
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