308. Christmas Inspiration for a painting of Palma il Giovane on the island Isola di Santa Maria della Grazia
01 picture – Palma’s painting inspiration – L’Aspettazione del parto di Maria Vergine by Palma il Giovane
And after they saw this Peony Gondola Vision they continued their dream:
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Palma and Palmina took today at Christmas a short walk on the Island Isola di Santa Maria¹), which is behind the island Giudecca and not far.
02 picture – island Isola di Santa Maria in Venice
Often they walked there to speak about art and music. Sometimes she gave concerts there with her lute.²)
Today is the Christmas feast and they wanted to be a little bit alone before the traditional feast will happen at night in the San Marco Cathedral and Palma’s »Sanctus in G, the Peony Gondola Song« will be sung and played there.
03 picture – historic view of Isola-della-Madonna-delle-Grazie-1
They walked at a green way, full of plants and trees, till they were at a silent place where an old, not used rest of a building was build a poetic corner with window in the broken wall.
»This is an interesting place. No one is here. It is so silent here…«, Palmina whispered.
04 picture – here at this little island Palma had the inspiration for his Painting L’Aspettazione
Palma and Palmina sat down on parts of broken walls of the old building ruin to have a little rest.
Palmina took her lute and played beautifully. Behind her he saw the old wall of the old building and this inspires Palma.
Palma smiled and observed her. Now he is holding his lantern to give her also light.
05 picture – L’Aspettazione del parto di Maria Vergine by Palma il Giovane
Suddenly he was inspired to draw her.
Palmina understood: Palma has an inspiration moment.
He started to made drawings for a huge painting.
He saw the angels and the golden light from the heaven.
Palmina smiled and played on her lute.
06 picture – L’Aspettazione del parto di Maria Vergine by Palma il Giovane
He painted the animals beside the saint virgin.
07 picture – L’Aspettazione del parto di Maria Vergine by Palma il Giovane
Palma was inspired today on Christmas. The evening was coming slowly and the only light was from their lanterns and the shining evening stars over them in the free nature on this little island.
Palma painted and Palmina played.
As he finished the drawings Palmina asked »How is the name of your creation, Palma«
Palma wrote: »L’Aspettazione del parto di Maria Vergine« on his drawings.
»Oh beautiful, Palma. No one will ever paint such special moment of the live of the saint virgin. You are the only one painter who created this moment…this is short before midnight, around 23 p.m.!!!!«, Palmina said proud.
Palma smiled, because he feels that she understands his creativity and she inspired him.
Palmina smiled and Palma smiled also.
The golden light was again between them and they felt lucky to be together here on the silent place.
08 picture – Palma’s painting inspiration – L’Aspettazione del parto di Maria Vergine by Palma il Giovane
And after this painting session Palma and Palmina entered at 23 o’clock p.m. their Peony Gondola and took her way back to the San Marco Place, to be together with all the other to celebrated the feast of this day and to listen the »Peony Gondola Song«.
The Gondola moved like usual the small way between the Giudecca island on the left side, and the Giorgio Maggiore Island on the right side.
straight ahead is the San Marco Place visible now.
During they moved with the Peony Gondola they heard the Peony Gondola Song in their hearts and Palmina is holding Palma’s right hand and Palma could feel it and he smiled.
VIDEO: »Peony Gondola Song« (Mandolin and Choir version ): https://youtu.be/4YfXRwOwHWE
(to be continued…)
Read also the other CHAPTERS of this story
»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:
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¹) Santa Maria della Grazia – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Grazia
»SANTA MARIA DELLA GRAZIA or La Grazia is an artificial island of the Venetian lagoon, northern Italy, which lies between the Giudecca and San Clemente.
In 2016 the island was sold to a private company from Treviso, Giesse Investimenti s.r.l., to host a new resort.
Santa Maria della Grazia rose during the Middle Ages in the place where Venice’s rubble was discarded. The island takes its name from a supposedly miraculous Madonna which was on display in its former church. In 1264 there was a home for pilgrims to the Holy Land; later it was transformed into a convent.²) «
Isola di Santa Maria delle Grazie o Isola della Cavana –
»Mit Genehmigung vom 12. Oktober 1264 wurde die Insel Sitz eines Gasthauses für Pilger ins Heilige Land. Marco Bollani, Abt von San Giorgio Maggiore, beauftragte einen Lorenzo, dort ein entsprechendes Kloster einzurichten, das später die 1405 gegründete Kongregation der Eremiti di San Girolamo aus Fiesole unterhielt; sie bestand bis 1668.« – https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Grazia
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