364 . The Marco Polo Dialogue

364 . The Marco Polo Dialogue

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picture 1 – painting by Palma il Giovane (Palazzo Ducale in Venice)   „Doge Pietro Loredan Beseeching the Virgin“ (Palmina as model)

   After they dreamed this Peony Gondola Vision they continued to dream like that:

Every day Palmina appeared as Pigeon in his daily life and he feels that she is helping him like an angel.

Sometimes she asked the saint virgin that sometimes on the sky there is a little heart formed from clouds.
If Palma looks up to the heaven he realizes often this fact and he smiled lucky.

Often she brings him fresh fine white breads to his working place – this year (1596) he workes in the St. Antonin Church at the little San Saba Chapel on a wide scaffolding.

Today he makes no brakes, waits till Palmina will come with her basked with fresh little breads.

At evening she will play his composition on her lute in the Palazzo Ducale on San Marco Place.

She learned all his notes by heart so she does not need to use a music score to play it.
Around midday she will make a little rehearsal for Palma in the San Saba Chapel so Palmina could feel with her heart if the tempo was correctly taken and the interpretation was perfect after Palma’s intentions.

Palma smiled as he was looking forward to hear her playing only for him in this San Antonin Church, near her flat at her mothers bakery shop on the Campo Bandiera e Moro in Venice.

And Palmina came silently in the church, Palma did not realize it, and she took her Pipa and played very soft the „Thinking on each other melody“.

Palma looked up from his big painting artwork and though „Am I dreaming, or is she really playing the Chinese Pipa lute – here in this church in Venice? – only for him – the Thinking on each other melody?“

Palma looked around in the church, if there is a saint angel playing.

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Later after the evening concert Palmina came to pick Palma up.

„Palma it is too dark to paint, even with a lantern? Come Palma let us make a Gondola tour along the evening in Venice? I will play for you on your lute…“

„Oh, Yes Palmina. I will order a Gondola and will be sitting in it in 12 minutes and you can enter it in the Calle de la Pieta at the little bridge.“, Palma whispered to her and he put his painting brush down and cleaned it with terpentin.

Now he went down to order the Gondola at the bridge at Furlani which was also over the rio de la pieta like the bridge where they will meet.

As Palma entered the Gondola  he thought the words „..till we meet us again at the bridge…“

The Gondola started along the Rio de la Pieta and Palma il Giovane felt like Marco Polo who is taking his Chinese princess in the Chinese city Suzhou the so called „Venice of the East“

Palmina entered now the Gondola, coming from her evening concert, wearing a beautiful expensive Renaissance cloth, which Palma bought her once.

After a while both had the same Peony Gondola Vision.
Palma transformed into Marco Polo and Palmina transformed into the Chinese Princess.

Palmina felt that Palma is dreaming from the century of Marco Polo without saying a word.

Yes they could see the Water City Suzhou, which is known as the Venice of the East.
There they have also water streets like in Venice. How amazed was Marco Polo to visit this city with a Chinese chunk (like a Gondola in Venice) and he said to his Chinese princess „Oh, my princess, will you come with me to Venice? We are both from different cultures but we are learning from each other – Tell me something from your culture…“.

Palmina and Palma looked now up to the stars over Venice.
They looked now together to Sirius-Sotis.

This star you can see from the 4th of September to the 5th of May at different evening or night time.

Both remembered without saying a word that looking to these stars this makes Palma and Palmina connected between their hearts.
Even they are separated through space, maybe thousands of Miles / Kilometers they would look every day if it is possible to Sirius-Sotis to send a smile each other.

And the Chinese princess told Palma the story of the Chinese traditional Novel of the fate of Wang Hsian Ko and Wu Schuang (a Work of Xing Jian Bai (776 – 826) at the time of Tang-Emperor Te Tschung (780-805) Marco Polo listened very interested.*

And Marco Polo said „…till we met again at the bridge…“

Palma felt very touched and the story about these two loving was this:

They could see each other only A FEW MINUTES on an ANCIENT BRIDGE.
A group of fine 30 palace ladies came in carriages this way along this bridge.
Wang Hsian Ko could see her as she lifted the curtain of her carriage and she smiled to him and he smiled to her.
Then they were separated and had to wait a long time to see and speak each other again, but they always thought on each other.
Wu Shuang tried to write Wang Hsian Ko a letter, but it was very difficult.
They always thought on each other although they could not see, could not speak, could not write to each other.
Nevertheless their „heart to heart“ – connection was stronger than the fate: THEY FOUND A WAY TO EACH OTHER…
Marco Polo was touched by the fate of this deeply in their heart loving people. But then the way was open for them to go together through their life, full of love and luck.
Palma looked shortly at Palmina’s eyes. She looked also into his eyes and smiled.

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* this story is printed in its german translation by Franz Khan at „Chinesische Novellen“, p.519 („Vom Totenhemd ins Brautkleid“), Insel Taschenbuch (848), 1985 (a novelle byXing Jian Bai 白行简)
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picture 2 – The Marco Polo city in China Suzhou (Venice of the East)

They looked around the beautiful Water City Suzhou (picture  above) and Marco Polo counted all the bridges. They saw a lot of lanterns and light which are reflecting in the water and the atmosphere was like in Venice.

She played then again on her Pipa lute the „Spring Melody“ and had sweet innocent light red cheeks because she expressed her feelings to her beloved Marco Polo.

Later Marco Polo told her the love story of Dante and Beatrice in the „Divina Commedia“

„And there was a rose of light in the heaven they both saw in a Vision (Beatrice leads him to this vision)…“

„Oh a mystic light rose? This is interesting in my culture there are a lot of links to mystic light roses – the Lotus Rose – the Peony Rose – „The Secret of the Golden Flower“* and they are important in Buddhism, Taoism, and so fort…


* „The Secret of the Golden Flower“,
Richard Wilhelm translated this old mystic text into German Language / English


 

Marco Polo hold her hand and kissed her carefully, as if he wants to heal he hands (she plays a lot of time on her Pipa and has a lot of pain sometimes on her fingers:
„My Pipa- princess…“

„My Marco Polo“

„My Wu Schuang…“

„My Wang Hsian Ko…“

„Our hearts are connected…“

„Our hearts are connected…“

And during they felt to be in a Chinese Chunk they realized that they are in Venice.

And Palma holds still her hands and kissed them soft and he observed her beautiful shy shining eyes.

Slowly the Gondola moved along the San Marco Place where Palma has his flat left beside the astronomical clock house in the 2nd foor.

It is still light there because there are a lot of important special honor guests of the republic of Venice. Palmina often played (most daily) there after the evening concert as opening of the evening dinner in the big representative rooms („Palazzo“).
After that music opening ceremony Palmina was finished and could leave the event to pick up Palma from his painting work place (now in the San Saba Chapel of San Antonin).
They saw Palma’s both daughters standing at the window.
The elder Crezia, she is now 14 years old, with her younger sister Giulia, holding her on her arm like a mother.

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  picture 3 – (detail) Palma’s flat in the 16th century

„Oh, look, Crezia and Giulia are at the window… Let us greet them…“, Palma said.

Palma and Palmina wanted to wave to them but it was to dark for them to see Palma and Palmina sitting in the Gondola.

„Crezia is now 14 and she takes care of Giulia like a mother. Amazing she helped everywhere, as if she is the head of the family…“, Palma explained.

„You are proud on her isn,t it? You have to paint her, hmm? Paint her also as Samaritan women at the fountain with Jesus, like you paint me once.

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picture 4 – Palma’s doughter as model in his painting „Jesus and the Samaritan“ (1599)

You painted me once as young lady with the yellow white cloth. I am 38 and she is 14.“

„Do you remember? Once you wanted to adopt a 14 year old girl from the orphan music school „Ospedale de la Pieta“… Now you have an own 14 year old angel!
The Orphan girl sung in the famous la Pieta choir – the most famous choir in the world – and the orphan girls did expect that you will choose a girl to marry or to adopt it as daughter…“

„Yes, I remember Palmina, I remember the eyes of all the talented music orphan girls.
They looked deep into my eyes and into my heart, asking me wordless:
»Will you take one of us to marry?..Me or her, or an other girl?
… Will you take one of us to adopt as own daughter?«

– Sometimes I was not sure which feeling I should have »Like a father or a future husband ‚in spes’*)«
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*) ‚in spes‘ means in ‚hope‘ to marry
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Palma looked thinking a while and said „Perce no? Why not? Wei shen me bu?“ (Marco Polo once could speak Chinese language)
Palma was lucky to make these evening walks with Palmina, like it was today.
Sometimes the representative evening dinners in Palma’s flat are a little bit taking to much energy or concentration and Palma is often very tired after painting the whole day and he needs Palmina’s lute playing to be recreated from the hard working day.

Slowly the Gondola moved to the left side in direction to Giudecca Island.

„Here you lived in the Marco Polo time, do you remember, Palmina?“

„Palmina looked smiling and nodded shy… There, over there in the gardens… and we meet in the Gondola…
Often we took the Gondola like today and, and I…
…. I remember the gondola had a little bit an other design and, and an other color…“, Palmina said like a little girl.

Palma took from his bag a music score and showed it to Palmina.

Palmina holds her lantern near to Palma’s music score and was interested to look at it and it seemed that she wished nothing more than to hear Palma’s new music creation.
Her cheeks turned again light-red color and Palma could feel this.

Both had now a vision of a mystic music light flower and it was like this:

VIDEO: The Mystic Light Rose by Gerald Spitzner – https://youtu.be/O5nJJ88P_EQ


(to be continued…)

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»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:

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354. A clever bird

354. A clever bird

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Picture – Pigeon Flying

The next morning Palma il Giovane heard a bird singing through the open
window.
He felt in his heart that Palmina sends him positive thoughts and
during the bird was singing he dreamed a vision like that:

   * * *

A sweet, beautiful, intelligent yellow bird was sitting in a golden cage.
He sung sweet the whole day.
But a dangerous men was trying to stop her making beautiful music.
He had a big bottle with expensive alcohol and he tried to give in this
bottle liquid sugar earth.
After he did that he gave this poison to the water cup of the little bird.
He wants the bird to drink this to lose his free will and control about
the bird and its family.
The bird was clever and did not drink the water.
So the man tried to cook for the family of the bird and he put the
liquid into the food.

The bird observed this and didn’t eat it and he sung loud as if the bird
wants to cry for help.
The bird sung:Oh, Palma, my painter! Save me and my family!“

Suddenly Palma waked up from this warning dream.

  Later at 23 p.m. Palmina said to Palma: „…I did not drink from his
alcoholic bottle!
But this weekend my father let him come into our family flat although it
is not allowed to visit other people during the Epidemic.
I stayed in my room and did not eat what he cooked and cried silent.
My father is a sever man without humour but after he ate from his
cooking he seemed to be funny like to be drunken.
After a while he wanted to tell him without a reason his Bank Account
number and the password of it. Now I came in and took the hand of my
father and brought him in an other room to talk with him.
„Father, look, this bottle he gave me a few days before in the market
and run away without telling a word!“
My father answered:“What ??? He gave you this strong dangerous alcoholic
bottle? Did you drink from it?“
I said:“No, father. I did not drink it so my head is clear. You ate from
HIS cooking and you are not you. Tomorrow he will tell that he cooked
for you to the administrators of the church of social media…“

    Palma wanted to know if he showed him the door and the way out of
our home.

Palmina made a big sigh.
She put her head on Palma’s side and wanted to continue to dream with
him in their Peony Gondola.

They dreamed that they are going up step by step on the big Rialto Bridge to come to their heaven of music – music is their heaven.

During that they heard this music:

            VIDEO: „Steps to heaven“ by Gerald Spitzner https://youtu.be/WeRA7zGbUvg

(to be continued…)

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Gondola« here:

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352. Ancora una Volta, Palma!

352. Ancora una Volta, Palma!

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picture 1 – Gondola and Rialto Bridge in Venice
 

Today a bird sung in the morning in the little garden, bringing a message for Palma il Giovane.
Palma listened and was lucky.
He send Palmina an imaginary heart-to-heart kiss and Palmina could feel it.
Palmina smiled also.

Now they continued to dream their Peony Gondola Dream and it was like that:

* * *

After they played together on the Rialto Bridge the „Waiting on the Rialto Bridge“ – Song Palmina made a soft sigh and said with her soft voice like a Pigeon:
„Oh, Palma! Bellissima“ Tai haude! – Ancora una volta, Palma! – Once More, Palma!“
„Certo, mia dolcissima columba! Wode zui ke aide gezi! My sweetest pigeon!“

And Palma lifted his Mandolin and made silent „uno, due, tre“ with his mandolin and now they played together once more and they looked each other into their eyes and smiled.
And there was again the golden light between their hearts.

VIDEO: „Waiting at the Rialto bridge“ by Gerald Spitzner
Mandolin (Violin or Pipa) +Guitar (Lute or Piano ) – https://youtu.be/HggoNeJE7K4

„Waiting at the Rialto Bridge“ by Gerald Spitzner

music: composed by Gerald Spitzner
Mandolin: Gerald Spitzner
Guitar: Gerald Spitzner

And Palma and Palmina made music and played and played.

During the music they remembered that they often met there to exchange their letter-pigeons sitting in a big golden cage.

They saw also the people of the 16th century going along the Rialto bridge like in a remembering-Vision.

Palma’s cage stood under the north arc of the Rialto Bridge with his Pigeon – Palmina’s cage stood under the south arc with her Pigeon.

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picture 2 – Letter Pigeons

Palmina took Palma’s cage and Palma took Palmina’s cage.

So they could send each other a little letter with the help of the letter Pigeons.
This they made because it often happened that their normal mail was stolen in the 16th century by the illegal criminal church of O.S.

The bird-mail was more secure than the normal mail.

Both thought now about this remembering, both smiled.

Is this not like once? – Today Palmina send a little heart message on facebook Messenger but someone stole her message, read it and erased it – maybe a facebook administrator payed by the church of O.S. with money.

Sometimes Palmina recorded herself on the Pipa Lute and send an audio-recording to Palma but, facebook Messanger blocked her audio-file and on Palma’s handy there was no audio-file by Palmina any more since once.

But here in the Peony Gondola they can communicate from heart-to-heart and make music from heart-to-heart in the golden light.
„Palma?“, Palmina asked looking shy and innocent,
„Can I have the music score?…“

And Palma was lucky that she asked him for the music score – of course he gave it to her.

Palmina said lucky: „Woooh! I love it! Oh, Palma! My composer! Ti amo! Wo ai ni! Mille grazie! henduo XieXie!“

And Palmina wanted to jump on her place like a little bird and smiled and she took the music score and touched with her cheek the paper and kissed it tender.

„Like once, in the 16th century…“, Palma thought happy.
„This is my Palmina, my Pigeon, my little yellow canary bird, my inspiration, my Santa Cecilia, my big old love…“

pictures – music score of „Waiting on the Rialto Bridge“

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(to be continued…)

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350. Venice without Tourists like in a dream

 

350. Venice without Tourists like in a dream

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picture – view Venice without Tourists

And Palma could feel deep in his heart that Palmina is thinking on him and, sending him maybe 4 times messages  on facebook messenger.

And now at 23 p.m. they dreamed to be together in their Peony Gondola.
Palmina touched Palma’s right arm and Palma could feel it.
Palma smiled. A warm golden light energy.
Palmina also smiled and they saw now this Peony Gondola Vision:

* * *

21th century in Venice.

Palma and Palmina are goning side by side, hand in handy slowly romantic along the beautiful city of Venice.

„Plama?“
„Hmm?“
„Are we dreaming, no Tourists in Venice…“

„Yes, we both are dreaming. But this is the real Venice during the Corona – Virus epidemic in Europe, Asia, America, Africa…“

„…Oh, I see, we are here in our dreams but in the real Venice. Look there is the Rialto Bridge…

…All shops ar closed, also the market“, Palmina said shy with her soft voice.

„All over the world it is forbidden to leave the own home – Corona Virus Pandemic“, Palma.explained.

„…Oh, like we have it now at home…
But we are allowed to walk together in our Peony Gondola Dream…Oh, Palma..“
And Palmina showed her her handy with all her hearts and smilies she sent him with Facebook messanger.

Palma smiled and said that he could feel her positive energy from heart to heart.

Palma looked ad his Messenger and there was nothing on his display.

„They erased my messanges to you…the administrators from facebook messenger…“, Pamina said with a sigh in her words.

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   picture 2 – closed marked beside the Rialto Bridge in Venice (positon of Palmina’s marked stand  in the 16th century)

Now the crossed the big and beautiful Rialto Bridge.
At the other side there is the traditional marked beside the little church with the 24h display – all shops there are closed.

„Here you sold the little fine white breads in the 16th century…I remember…“

„Oh, yes, Pama I also remember !

„…and you played always on your Venetian lute…“

„…often I played a creation of you and the People bought more breads as I played your Melodies…I was so proud to have always new creations from you, my Pama, my painter, my composer, my big old love…“

And Palmina startd to give a soft kiss on his cheek, shy like al little yellow canary bird. Palma took Palmina and hugeed her.

  Picture 3 –  music score if the „Waiting  Melody“ by Gerald Spitzner (in octace treble key notation)

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(to be continued…)

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349. Michelangelo plans to construct the Rialto bridge

349. Michelangelo plans to construct the Rialto bridge

Accademia - Miracle of the Holy Cross at Rialto by Vittore Carpaccio

Accademia – Miracle of the Holy Cross at Rialto by Vittore Carpaccio

picture 1 – Accademia – Miracle of the Holy Cross at Rialto by Vittore Carpaccio

And after Palma heard Palmina playing at 23 p.m. in their Peony Gondola Palma was lucky and smiled.

Yes, the Peony Gondola is connecting them from heart-to-heart.
Palmina was also lucky feeling that Palma is lucky and smiling.

Now they are sitting side by side in their secret Peony Gondola and they are dreaming together and it was like that:

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Again in the year 1563 at Master Titian’s Palazzo in Venice:

After Mihaela sung her aria perfect she got also an applause.
Palma il Giovane finished his drawing and Master Titian was also lucky to see Palma’s new drawing creation.
He was a little bit proud of his Master student, because he and Master Michelangelo know how hard it is to have a very good master student in this time – a time after the big pandemic pest.

Palmina liked Mihaela’s performance and smiled.

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 painting 2 – by Palma in Giovane (painted in early years)

Now Master Titian invited all his guests, also Palmina, to have with him a meal on the long table.

They talked about their earlier years in Rome.
Master Titian told a few secrets about his famous painting ‚Venus of Urbino‘.
Palma listened very interested.

Much later Michelangelo asked:
„…I wanted to ask: How is the Le Zitelle foundation going…? I remeber it was 63 years ago the mighty doges family founded it to protect poor girls from…“

Titian answered fast: „…oh, yes it was in the year 1500 but now we have a big donation from a rich women and so it is possible that a little church is also build inside the building on Giudecca Island – The Chiesa Santa Maria de la Salute by the famous Palladium…“

„…and does the church support the Le Zittelle girls…?“, Michelangelo wanted to know.

Master Titian made a sever face and he looked suddenly 10 years elder then during the music and concert.

Suddenly Palma il Giovane answered in his name:“…Here in Venice, the le Zitelle Institution is independent from the church so we have strong donations which helps to protect the girls from…“

„…from radical Celibacy fanatics…“ the Venus of Urbino model and lute playing women said smiling.

All on the table laughed decently knowing that this topic is very problematic.

„..oh, I see, well, Venice is nevertheless a city also of morality values…“, Michelangelo said laughing.

„Master Michelangelo…didn’t you construct the new Rialto bridge a few years ago?“

„Oh, yes…the Rialto bridge…oh, don’t remember me.
Oh such a story: Because of the Pope Clemens I had to flee as refugee to Venice once. The Doges of the Republic of Venice asked me to make the construction of a new Rialto Bridge.
I made than this with the idea of creation shops beside the steps for tourists and visitors of Venice.
But some spy of the catholic church found out that I am the architect of the Rialto Bridge so the pope’s sun mad intrigues against me and my official commission.

The republic of Venice wanted to wait till an other pope will be in the church and then they want to build the bridge after my plans.

„I hope they will soon start with the work…“, Palma il Giovane said.

As Palma spoke and little Palmina heard Palma’s voice, Palmina looked to Palma with shining and smiling eyes.

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picture 3 – view of Rialto bridge in Venice painted by Canaletto

„…The financial administrator of the Vatican has a lot of money and if he pays priests and persons acting against me to make intrigues so the bridge will be build by an other architecture bureau.
They will build it nevertheless after my ideas and after my construction without telling my name…“

Michelangelo made a long sigh and Master Titian asked: „…this is hard to understand…such a clerical intrigue…
Didn’t you compose once a Latin mass as music dedication for Pope Julius II – The P J 2 – Mass?“

„Yes, I composed the mass for Pope Julius II…“

„Didn’t they perform it in Rome after the Pope died?“

„No, they didn’t perform the music, not even after the Pope Julius II died…“

„Such a shame…They have so much money and cannot give orders to their choir leaders to sing and play the music?“, said the Venus of Urbino Model lute playing lady.

„Here in Venice, we are more independent from the church.
I composed several music pieces for the orchestra and choir for the talented orphan girls here in Venice at the Ospedale La Pieta music school shelter….“, Palma il Giovane said.
„So, next time I will compose for orphan girls in Venice and not for a pope…“, Michelangelo said and lifted his glass of wine ceremonially, „…Long lives the art and music in Venice!!! Long life our Le Zitelle and La Pieta Music Girls…“

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And after they saw this Peony Gondola Vision Palmina put her head on Palma’s right side and he put his arm around her to give her a good hold.

Palmina had again light-red cheeks as she lifted the music score with the little bird solo composition with her right arm.

Palma felt that between them was the golden light.

Palma smiled. Palmina smiled.

(to be continued…)

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