26. THE PIETA – The last artwork of Master Titian – how Palmina helps with her Lute music
After Palmina played so beautifully the „King Fuxi Melody“ together with Palma il Giovane, he was so thankful to have composed an „innovative“ Fugue, a „Fuga a 3“ for 3 voices.
Palmina inspires him so much and this helps him to work inspired as artist.
„It was so tender you played my composition on your Pipa…“, Palma said smiling.
Palmina smiled also and she covered him with her heart-to-heart love like a golden light.
„But you played also very beautiful on your instrument, Palma, my composer!“
* * *
As they are so lovely speaking to each other they had a new vision in their Peony Gondola. Yes, in this 23rd (11.p.m.) hour of the day Palmina now laid her head on Palma’s side. She could hear and feel his heart. Palmina makes him so quite and sure and lucky.
They both saw themselves how they helped Master Titian to paint his last great artwork.
The vision told them to help, to motivate and to inspire Master Titian making his artwork in the next months.
Palma was now holding Palmina with his arm. He gave her also tenter warm sympathy in this moment.
„Look, the vision shows us that we have to help Master Titian to paint again…“
– „Yes, Palma, my composer and painter, …and we will get help for this…“
Palmina seems now again to understand something more then Palma.
And as they both dreamed now they continued to dream their vision:
* * *
Palma stood in the empty Venice Titian Art Gallery at the late morning.
She wear a green cloth. Both are now here alone, only mother was in the long kitchen doing some work.
Palma painted now Palmina in this green cloth.
She hold her left hand very high and her gesture is expressing big exciting.
„Should I stay longer in this position? Palma, it is not easy to stand in that way very long.“, Palmina looked scared.
„Ok…wan de… we are finished for this day.“
Palmina jumped softly from her wooden stage, where she often gives lute solo concerts.
Like a little sweet bird she wanted to came to his easel to see how he painted her.
„Do you think this will master Titian take in his new picture?“
– „Let’s try it, Palma, maybe he says YES, maybe he choose an other variation of it…“, Palmina said very motivated.
„Hm, yes, maybe… important that he raises from his weakness and starts to draw on a new painting…“, Palma answered.
„And the other drafts for Master Titian…?
„Yesterday, you remember, as we visited Master Titian at home, he had suddenly a vision and he stood up. He saw a miracle appearance of a „Pieta“ on the sky through his window. He saw the saint virgin holding Jesus on her knees.
Titian felt on his old weak knees and prayed. Then he tried to look at this vision to paint it.
He wanted to see if Jesus is still alive… Palma saw this scene and Palmina also.
Titian touched Jesus hand *) to see if Jesus is alive after he was taken from the crucifix.
Palmina understood all.
Titian started then to paint fast and the saint virgin-vision did not disappear as long as he drew it. As he was ready he felt weak on the floor.
Palmina and Palma came to pick him up and to help him to come back into his bed.
After a few minutes the weak Master Titian spoke very slow: „We have to draw a ‚Pieta‘.
Tomorrow we start to paint it on a big picture…. Palma help me….and please, Palmina should play her lute…And…, and make some drawings drafts of Maria Magdala, a Moses statue , Saint Helena.., The Pieta I make ready till tomorrow…and..and… Palma finish it if I will die….“
Palma nodded. Palmina nodded. Palma and Palmina looked in their eyes and they felt such a warm heart to heart connection. Yes, they felt: this is a historic moment of the culture and art in the whole history of this solar system.
* * *
„We have to help him…“ they thought both in their heart.
And Palma searched for some models for the first drafts for statues Moses, Saint Helena and living Saint Marie of Magdala.
* picture: Detail of the painting Pieta with self portrait of Titian. Behind him are the drafts of the vision with a ‚Pieta‘ appearing on the sky.
And suddenly he remembered as Titian felt on his knees and Palmina thought he felt on the floor because of his weakness and wanted to cry for help.
„Titian should paint himself as self-portrait and:…
Maria Magdala is crying for help like you did yesterday to help master Titian….“
Palmina was not wondering about Palma’s creativity, she is used to miracles…
He made some fast drawing on his paper and said to Palmina. „Yes, Palmina I will draw you as St.Magdalena with a green cloth… Can you come tomorrow on our Gallery so I can paint you?“
„Yes, I will take also my two lutes for rehearsing and preparing some music pieces to play for Master Titian during he is starting with you… to paint on his big „Pieta“-Creation.
And so they did. Palma draw also very fast a men, a member of the big Venice-Titian-Art Gallery as Moses and a women as St. Helena.
He made it so fast because Palmina played so beautiful on her Lute.
During he painted in the Gallery he said also on this day:“ Yes, Titian ordered me to draw all the beautiful fine Chinese family here instead of Titian because he is felling not so strong. But it does not mean that he should not paint any more.
Now we help him to make a big artwork…. St.Mary of Magdala, Moses, St. Helena…“
„And…“,Palmina had an idea, „…draw also him, as he yesterday was on the knees to check if Jesus is still alive… draw him like that… This is it!“
Palma looked questioning.
Palmina took her Chinese Lute and played their „Spring Melody of the 8 images“
Palma smiled; it is their secret love song.
Palma said after the Melody:“Ok, you are right, maybe this will inspire him to have a self portrait in this mystic painting Pieta“.
* * *
And so it did happen:
The next day, as they visited Master Titian, he was lying in his bed very weak but his eyes full of burning live.
The vision on the sky and the fact that his Master-scholar, ho leads the Titian-school since years for him in a good way, will now assist him drawing the „Pieta“ makes him hopeful.
Everyone expected that Titian is to weak to paint again but now the miracles happened…
Palma was his Master Scholar who was since years his „voice“ to the students of the Titian-School here in Venice.
Master Titian checked always the artwork of the painting students without telling a word. Often the students expected some feedback, but Master Titian looked only very serious and always with his eyes looking into the spiritual world without saying any word to them.
Palma seemed to understand Titian’s thoughts and tried to tell the student very carefully what he or she has to make better on his artwork studies.
But Palma was often very diplomatic, not hurting the feelings of a student; some had parents with great influence…
So Master Titian had today really fire in his eyes, eyes of an old weak body who worked hard on his artworks and paintings through his whole life.
Titian was not only artist, he owned also a lot of wood areas in Austria and earned also a lot of money with selling wood. He was an organisation talent, but in his late years he talked not much, but his thoughts where strong and Palma and Palmina understood him very well, maybe this is why he loved them like his own children.
Palma and Palmina sat to his bed, showing Palma’s freshly painted drafts for Master Titian’s Pieta.
Palmina smiled and Titian looked at Palma’s drawings of Palmina as St Maria of Magdala.
Titian looked on the painting and looked to Palma saying with his weak voice:
„This is Palma!… always drawing a fantasy face of his models. Good idea… I will take all your drafts in my Pieta. Let us begin now…Please help me to come out of my bed…
Oh,no….slowly…my bones…slowly…I am an over 97* year old men….oh. no…“
Titian (1476-1576) – wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titian
Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio c. 1488/1490 – 27 August 1576) known in English as Titian /ˈtɪʃən/, was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno (in Veneto, Republic of Venice)
„You know, master Titian, we, Palmina and I decided often that I draw Palmina with a variation of her beautiful face, so the people of Venice can not find out that Palmina and I…“
„…I understand you, Palma, the strict honour codex…“, answered Master Titian.
They prepared the big white painting canvas for Titian’s special painting Method:
Grounding – White painting the main figures – Colouring the white paintings – fine painting of the colours (light reflections of other objects)..
As they tried to start to make the red-brown grounding of the big painting Palmina took her Lute and played beautifully.
And suddenly Master Titian had more power to draw…
Palmina played, Titian painted and so they made the preparations for the painting.
Titian made a little draft of his big Pieta and he looked thankfully to Palmina and to Palma. Silently he thought:“They are a miracle – They helped me – They bring me the light to do this important artwork! They belong together… I can feel it…“
* * *
Once, at one day (they worked tree years on this painting!!!) Palmina said to Palma. „Palma, you sould tell Master Titian that it is better to draw the Pieta on the lowest part in that big picture and not at the sky in the upper part…?“
„Why, my dear beloved Palmina, my Albina, my princess….“
„It is because he is not the youngest any more… If he has to draw on the middle or on the upper part of this near square format painting he has always to use wooden stairs or a scaffolding to draw on it…
If he falls down he will break his bones! He must paint from the floor! You can make the rest…hmm??? This painting is also a big change for your future here as artist in Venice. If he can continue we help him and he helps us..he likes us really very much…I think he knows that we are a secret pair…“
„You are an angel, Palmina!…Once you saved also my live, waking me up with your tender lute playing from the scaffolding in the church where I felt into sleep. You saved me from falling down…I remember it today very good…“ *)
– „I also, my Palma, my composer…you are also my first love…“
„I will tell him carefully that this is the only way we can finish this artwork…and he can also paint from his bed, lying in his bed, painting the St.Virgin and Jesus and his auto portrait.“
Palma was very careful to tell his master this idea; but he did it very diplomatically:
* * *
„Master Titian, it is important to draw a secret, imaginary line from right-down to the left-up side.
* Detail of image showing the „imaginary line“ from right-down to left-up
[detail picture of Titian’s Pieta]
This line should start at your head – then going on at Jesus – then at St. Virgin – then St. Mary Magdala to her crying hands that are telling: „Jesus is still alive, he is not dead!“
We can put the scene of Pieta after crucifixion on „good Friday“ together with the image of the „Easter Sunday“ at tomb and bring it in a new timeless space in an eternal dimension.
Master Titian opened his eyes very big, then he made a mimic that is very serious.
As Palmina heard Palma talking like that she thought: „Palmina you mean, a timeless space, like we are in the Peony Pavilion, oh… I want to think: in our Peony Gondola!“
Palma nodded to her.
Palma and Palmina had been a little bit shy and afraid like little children…
Master Titian looked at Palma’s drafts and tried to visualize the idea of an imaginary line from his auto-portrait over Jesus his mother to Maria Magdala, which was the Palmina.
He thought, he looked, he thought and looked.
But then Master Titian smiled after a while and nodded „yes to them“.
„He seems to accept our suggestions and ideas…“, Palmina and Palma thought.
Then Master Titian tried to touch his own back with his left hand saying“ Oh,no…my back…oh,no… my bones…You are genius!… I would not be able to paint the ‚Pieta‘ in the upper part of the drawing…my bones…good idea…good idea…I will paint it on my knees as respect and thank you for the big vision…“
Palmina smiled secretly and Palma smiled also.
Palmina took her lute and played a sweet little dance which she composed…
„Oh, beautiful, my sweet Palmina…you composed it very well, I love also your creations very much…Take care on your hands…“, Palma thought by himself and Palmina smiled to him back feeling his thoughts. In this moment Palma thought he want to kiss her hands, but they are not alone and Titian has to start his painting work.
Palma took a cup of tea and also Titian moved his head after Palmina’s music and started to paint on the lower part of the painting.
THE PAINTING WORK ON THE PIETA OF THREE YEARS HAD NOW BEGUN:
So now the Pieta was saved. In a few days Titian will have made is first white coloured basic painting of the red-brown background.
Titian invented this method to draw only first in white, because he said:
„Listen my Master Scholar: If I have not the time to work on this painting any more I made the white basics. If I come later to work on I can do the colours and the fine colours later. But the main idea is done very fast in only white colour.
This is good, listen Palma, if you have once to paint on a lot of paintings at the same time.
It could happen that you have no time to finish it by yourself. Then your students will finish it easier and do not disturb the main idea of the painting….And once Palma, in maybe 20 years you will be the most famous painter in whole Republic of Venice and it will be a big honour to know you, to have a portrait of you – you see: all the beautiful Chinese women wants a portrait from you now… and this means a lot of hard work for your whole live. And teaching… Palma, you will held so much speech here in Venice about my way of teaching and painting…You will speak about so much stories and legends about our Venice… And don’t forget about Palmina, she is your angel, she supports you with all her love…“
Palma was surprised that he found out that Palmina and Palma are loving each other. It is their secret….
„Palma and Palmina, I am an old Master, an old man, …my body is now weak but my spirit can feel Palmina’s strong sympathy and love radiation always in your direction as she plays beautifully on her lute in the Venice-Titian-Art-Galery and in the Dogan’s Palace. She loves you and you are loving her. You both are so disciplined not to show it in the Gallery, according the strict honour codex, but outside it is allowed to have a love relation, it is your private right…“
– and Master Titian continued words of wisdom.
„You should stay in Venice, Palma. Don’t leave Venice, the city of art..In a few years there is no follow-ship of the old masters here in Venice and no one is well educated in the old traditions and secrets of artwork like you Palma…“
Titian painted with his brush in white very slowly, but like an old Master, very sure.
Palmina looked very shy smiling to Palma.
She send him warm heart to heart light and energy.
She wants to send him a little tender kiss and Palma felt it and smiled back.
And so the next months were filled with doing the supporting and assisting painting artwork at Titian’s Pieta.
At that moment where master Titian could sit on a special chair to paint his „Pieta“, Palma and Palmina sat waiting behind him in his big room and sometimes they put both their hands secretly on the fine little round small table and their little fingers are touching each other very tender an secretly.
Their spiritual love could Titian feel, as old Master, who feels also that his live is now entering the last months in being able to work on his last big artwork.
Palmina and Palma smiled at each other. They where lucky to make it possible that master Titian is doing an artwork.
But it was not automatically possible to make this, some basic ideas had to come from Palma and Palmina.
* * * * * *
And now as the days had came, they came but slowly, where Master Titian was not sure if he can draw any more, Palmina and Palma did not give up.
They had a very good idea:
Palmina and Palma moved Master Titian’s bed to the Pieta painting to make it possible for master Titian to go on drawing from his bed.
Palmina and Palma looked each other at that moment of moving the bed into their eyes and looked each other silently during Titian had his eyes closed.
Then he waked up and understood wordless the idea of Palma and Palmina.
All smiled now…
* * * * * *
But on one day he had not the power to hold the brush any more:
Palmina took her Chinese Lute and started to play the „Spring Melody of the 8 Images“ which Palma composed for her and she played it to support his speech.
Palma smiled hearing that and looked at her knowing „This is our secret heart to heart love melody.“
The love energy from heart to heart between Palma and Palmina made it also possible that master Titian could move his arms to draw for a few minutes…. and he painted a little bit during the power influence of Palmina’s Chinese Lute playing.
And after a few hours Titian took Palma’s hand and lead slowly the paint-brush , now in Palma il Giovane’s hand, together with him painting on the Pieta.
Titian felt very weak, but he fought very strong to paint and not to give up.
He was like Jesus carrying the cross and Palma was his ‚Simon of Cyrene‘ helping him to carry it.
It is Titian’s „via dolorosa“ he is now going through.
And Palmina-Albina is now like the Saint Veronica receiving the Vera Icona – the true image of Jesus on her canvas.
Palmina tried to support them and played and played without stopping.
So slowly the master Titian showed only Palma where he has to paint and he let the paintbrush only be directed after master Titian’s thoughts. Then he moved only his hand in the air and Palma followed the moving without telling a word.
Palma painted and painted – Palmas hand is now Titian’s hand.
Later master Titian only watched how Palma draw after his orders.
Palmina played, Palma draw and silently, slowly, peacefully master Titian closed his eyes with a little smile in his face…
The next day all the family of master Titian came to surround him: „We let him sleep now, he is tired… He gave his master paintbrush to Palma il Giovane to finish his master-work.“
And the next days Palma painted. Palmina played on her Lute and Titian only silently looked how Palma il Giovane is doing finishing his big artwork.
* * *
„He gave Palma il Giovane his master paint brush to finish his Pieta…“, all the Venetian People now talked all around.
In the churches all people begun to pray for master Titian that he has the power to finish his artwork: „And we pray now for Master Titian and his Master Scholar that they can finish the big artwork of the Pieta…“
And also people with other religions traditions prayed in their tradition for him.
Especially the 600 persons of the Asia delegation from China prayed in Taoistic, Konfuzian and in Buddhist tradition for them.
And also the Dogan, who was mightiest then the catholic pope*), prayed silent in his Dogan’s Palace with his servants.
The eyes of the whole Republic of Venice is now sending their hopings and prayers and their good thoughts.
*) A catholic pope is said to be the mightiest person in Europe at this century
and the Dogan of the Republic of Venice is said to be the world’s mightiest person.
That’s why maybe to contact between Asia, especially China to Venice is an old friendship tradition of high cultural meaning.
* * * * * *
„He is still alive…“, Palmina said very excited and she looked like the Saint Maria of Magdala in Titian’s Pieta, like Palma painted her in his draft for in the Titian’s painting Pieta.
Palma looked at her, she wear today exactly the green cloth as she wear once as she was modelling for Palma’s painting.
Palma loves her very much. Palmina was his best model and Titian knew it also. She could inspire Palma very much. Often he painted her with a variation of her face to make it as secret that she is his preferred model for all his paintings.
„You gave him the hope to live and to paint with your lute playing!“, answered Palma.
* * *
„….he fighting against his weakness….he wants not to die until the main idea of the Pieta is finished…“, the members of the Titian-Art-Gallery are whispering.
* * *
A lot of artists are allowed to make a last visit to Master Titian at his bed, where Palma is drawing and Palmina is playing.
There was also the famous architect Antonio da Ponte and he was ordered to create the Rialto Bridge. *) by the Republic of Venice.
He saw the Pieta drawing in Titian’s room and made some drawings of the arc bow which surrounded the Pieta of Titian.
*) The Rialto Bridge was opened on 20th March 1591, created by
Antonio da Ponte (1512–1597) who was a Venetian architect and engineer, most famous for his rebuilding of the Rialto Bridge in Venice.
„It is inspiring here at your Venice-Titian-Art-Galery.
I am impressed how you both are fighting for master Titian’s finishing his last artwork…
You drew a beautiful arch-bow around the Pieta of Titian.
I have dedicated my draft of the big Rialto Bridge to this secret miracle.
Look I will make the arch-bow on the top of my bridge as this…
…Jesus is still living after his crucifixion…
…Titian is still living and his spirit is telling what Palma il Giovane has to paint after his spiritual inspiration and after Palmina’s beautiful playing…so nice compositions….who composed it? It sounds so new…“, asked Antonio da Ponte, who was very interested in arts and especially in music.
Palmina smiled to Palma and Palma showed her: „…silence… who composed it, is a secret…No one knows that I am the composer of the music…I am now so well known as Master scholar in Venice… it could be difficult for me if they see I am also a composer…“, Palma tried to tell her as heart to heart message.
Palmina understood and nodded. Palmina knows all about his heart and Palma knows all about her heart.
They feel if someone is suffering and then they support each other from heart to heart.
Only Palma’s mother knows the secret and: Master Titian AND: Master LAO from China. But they do not talk to others about this secret.
Antonio da Ponte finished his drawing of the arch portal for his new „Rialto Bridge“ *
„Now, my Rialto Bridge is more beautifully created and there are tree ways to go over it: The north steps, the middle steps and the south steps.
And look, Palma, here on this side you can enter the north steps only going to this small street: If a man wants to meet his secret love and to see her, he can meet her standing HERE on the north side and she can come from the south steps… and they can smile to each other unseen from any side…“
Palma looked interested at this Rialto Bridge draft. Palmina looked also interested during she played.
The architect looked at Palma and Palmina and nodded to them as if he wanted to say: „Thank you for your Pieta inspiration… Thank you so much… As „thank you“-present I created for you both a secret way to meet for you both every day secretly at the Rialto Bridge!“
And the secret lovers smiled very, very lucky.
Palmina was sure that reason why this vision in their Peony Gondola came is that this is a lucky moment for the history of Venice.
The Pieta will connect Palma and Palmina more in their live; to live their secret deeply heart to heart love.
Not only Titian had a vision, also Palma and Palmina and now the creator of the Rialto Bridge will help secret lovers to see shortly maybe to exchange music scores and to secret exchange love letters…
Palma continued his painting session always asking master Titian if he did it right.
Master Titian seems always to agree with his doing.
Suddenly he said: „And now… now draw a little angel with a long candle…. here on the right side…here, over the Pieta…and don’t colour Moses and the St.Helena statue. The white colour has a poetic meaning… and draw left down the same painting I made at the beginning as I had the vision as you both where with me.*
* Detail of the Painting „Pieta“ from Titian showing a painting with a visionary Pieta appearing on the sky, with two persons kneeing and praying.
This was a miracle and a sign of the heaven that you where on this day visiting me… don’t copy it exactly! It should only remember my first draft and remember the miracle and the world should know that this old man here on the knees, in the picture was a painter…“
All present people around Titian in his big room smiled and laughed decently.
And suddenly Titian moved his hand and his finger pointed at his big painting.
„And …the angel… here.. is here…“
„He sees an angel…“
„Yes, but he wants Palma to draw an angel there…“
„Palma should finish the painting with an own angel…“, the People whispered
„Come Palmina, Come Palma!“ – Palmina stopped playing.
Palma came to look how Master Titian is.
They hold Master Titian’s hands like being his children.
„I have to tell you both: Stay together…work together…support and inspire important artists with your mothers Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery!
You helped me and you will help more and more talents to go their ways.
Try also to support and inspire important composers, once they will make with their compositions it possible that artists: singers, instrumentalists, dancers, poets, painters are more independent by the state and more independent by the church… Remember my words. You are the blessed who can do this for the future of the cultural development!…
He took their hands putting them together like a priest.
He made a few hard breaths and said finally:“My blessings you have…The blessing of master Titziano Vecello…“
And after he said that Master Titian closed his eyes and smiled.
MASTER TITIAN DIED.
The doctor came now to the bed to confirm his death.
But all saw: He didn’t breath.
Both sunk their head being very sad. All was quite now.
They both felt like children who lost their father.
They hold Master Titian’s hands…
Palmina laid her head to Palma and they hugged deeply and cried.
The priest gave him the blessings and went out to tell all Venetian to ring the bells.
* * * * * *
All the bells and also the big bell in the big saint Marco church, on the St. Marco Place sung the last melody of Titian’s death.
All the Venetian prayed and made their cross.
Also the Chinese friends of Venice where touched by this special historic moment and to see how the Republic of Venice is treating a big artist respectfully.
All Gondolieri said“ From this day on we will paint our Gondolas in black colour! We will never forget the Master Titian!“
„And I will dedicate the arch bow on the new Rialto Bridge* to the painting of the „Pieta“
* Rialo Bridge in Venice
will be finished in the year 1591 in Venice an looks today like this:
(picture: painting from Canaletto)
Slowly all bells in Venice begun to move and to sound mystically. (Only if a Dogan or a pope dies this happens in Venice)
The sound of hundreds of bells meaning Master Titian is dead.
All people where silent the next days and wearing black colours and praying for him.
„Palma il Giovane finished the painting Pieta,… and the Rialto Bridge will be like the Pieta-arch-bow…“, the Gondolier in whole Venice told to each other.
– „All Gondola will be painted in black colour to honour master Titian!…“
– „Palma il Giovane is the next Master of the Titian School!“
„He leads the school since nearly tree years alone with his mother and some students. Master Titian made only short controlling visits to his school….“
„Palma is his most important scholar. We should ask Palma to draw for our „Ospedale“, a big, big artwork to do for us…“
-„Yes, and the Republic of Venice – the R.O.V. is planing the order big images of Palma in Giovane…“ the friends of the Dogan of the R.O.V.
This could Palmina and Palma see in her vision now in their Peony hour, in their Peony Gondola.
Palmina laid her head again on Palma’s heart to hear it so smile to him.
Palma again hold his arm around her and gave her a little kiss on her head remembering her little kiss as he played his new fugue and she kissed him during he played on his cheek and then she played with him on her Pipa during he played the harpsichord.
She said: „My Palma…“
He answered: „My Palmina…Your love full lute playing made this, all this miracles possible.“
They saw two shooting star on the sky.
Palmina and Palma smiled.
„let us make a secret wish…!“
And both wished to meet again in 300 or 400 years.
They hold their hands and closed their eyes and smiled giving from heart to heart warm love-full energy.
And they both silently wished to see each other again on a bridge.
A bridge which connect the east-part and the west-part. The Ying and Yang.
And she will play Chinese Pipa again and he will continue to compose for her.
„My sweet. little Chinese princess! Wode xiaoxiaode zhongguode gongzi… My Liuto“
And she repeated „Wo shi nide Liuto“ and she made with her mouth saying „Liu-to“ a kissing mouth in his direction.
And Palma made it also and gave her a little, tender kiss.
Then he played on istrument which is unknown in this century, a little personal concert like this:
VIDEO: Pianosolo „Pieta“
(old: https://vimeo.com/262575839 )
(to be continued…)