picture: 1580, Palma il Giovane (is 32 years) ‚Virgin with child and saints“, Venice
31. The Vision of the Asian Virgin with child and Saints
* picture: 1580, Palma il Giovane (is 32 years) ‚Virgin with child and saints“, Venice
„You played so beautifully for me on this Venetian Organ! Thank you Palma, my composer!“, said Palmina with tears of joy and love.
Palma took her tears from her eyes smiling and said:
„Yes, you inspire me to be a composer and a great artist, and I love you!“
And they suddenly saw on the sky an appearance in a vision:
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They saw an Asian virgin like it was at Titian’s Vision he had for his „Pieta“ *) with Saints around her.
*) see also: Chapter 26 – THE PIETA
The sky became light-blue-white bright like „as if“ it is now day.
They saw this from their Peony Gondola in the 23rd hour of the day (11p.m.):
The Virgin had a child and the saints where around her.
The virgin looked like princess Lin from the Chinese-delegation who came with hundreds of Chinese people here to Venice to honour the Republic of Venice and to show to the Venetians the beauty of Asian Culture and also the music and the instruments, especially from traditional China.
The baby looked like the baby of princess Lin.
Palma made some fast drawings…
Palmina smiled, she seemed to know what this miracle means.
Palmina has a secret connection to heaven…“, Palma thought and Palmina smiled because she could feel his thoughts.
Palmina’s heart was deeply connected with Palma.
Palma drew and drew. As long he painted the first draft the miracle didn’t disappear.
As he has done it they sat into the soft seats of their Peony Gondola which is a present of the heaven, the symbol of eternal compassion.
Palmina put her head on Palmas side and Palma put his arm around her.
And they dreamed and saw together in their vision sitting in their Peony-Gondoly:
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They saw themselves in the Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery:
Palmina played Lute Soli.
Palma held an other new part of his speech.
Master Lao explained the different cultural and religion traditions of China.
The Chinese musicians explained their instruments* for the audience.
Every instrument played some tones as example.
* Chinese music instruments like
Pipa (琵琶) – pear-shaped fretted lute with 4 or 5 strings
Guzheng (古箏) – 16–26 stringed zither with movable bridges
Qin – Chinese historical zither, early zither in Chinese.An ancient classical Chinese musical instrument similar to Guqin.
Erhu (二胡) – two-stringed fiddle
List of all at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_musical_instruments
The European part of the audience was fascinated and the Chinese Audience looked now to Palma il Giovane, the famous Painter of Venice.
And now Palma explained the Pipa *).
And now we will hear an example how the Chinese lute, the „Pipa“ is making music:
Princess Lin and Palmina played some examples and they looked as if they knew each other of ancient time in China and looked at each other very friendly.
*) Pipa: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipa
Palmina played the music examples…
Then the little child of princess Lin came to her mother and wanted to be lifted by her.
Palmina came to take friendly princess Lin’s Pipa.
As Palma observed this scene he remembered suddenly the vision in the Peony Gondola.
Palma asked the translator for Chinese-Venetian language: „May I ask, princess Lin to draw her with her little child as traditional Venetian Saint Virgin, this is a very old Venetian Painting Tradition, with child and Saints to have a remembering of the important friendship between Western and Eastern Traditions?“
The translator spoke Chinese, she smiled and answered him and he translated:“ It would be a great honour to be again portrayed by the first Master scholar of Master Titian. It will be a great pleasure to know that a remembering will stay here in Venice and the other portraits are going to China… and we all will be very proud to have this European artwork. And you can paint me a little bit more in the European tradition if it is possible…“
Palma nodded. Palmina holding her Pipa smiled and saw that Palma understood the miracle vision and what it told him silently.
The Chinese audience spoke in Chinese a few silent words of administration to another and then, after a few minutes, Palma started to paint….
As the baby of princess Lin started to move more and more, Palmina had the idea to play on the Pipa some Chinese lovely music, some bars of Palma’s composition.
And suddenly the baby listened to the music and was very quite.
Palma smiled and was lucky to hear his composition, performed by his sweet Palmina, his Albina, his white soft friendly pigeon.
So Palma could continue painting his artwork vision…
Later the baby wanted again to move very much, then a servant took the baby and Palmina had the idea to let the princess hold the Pipa, so her arms had not to be in the air and can rest on the Pipa.
Of course Palma would not paint the music instrument Pipa, he will paint the baby.
Palmina could hold now the Chinese baby and the princess hold the Pipa.
Palma painted and painted….
And so they made it day by day, often after the speech by Master Lao and Master Palma il Giovane.
Often Palmina supported the drawing artwork of Palma with her Lute playing:
She played the Venetian Lute and she played the Chinese Lute very beautifully.
The Chinese audience was fascinated by Palmina’s talented Lute performance. Often the people stood up from the seats to come and to look carefully respectfully how Palma is painting the Chinese Princess Lin.
Palmina realized that Palma liked to paint Chinese women very much.
„Maybe in 300 or 400 years I will be again a Chinese Pipa player…“, Palmina thought by herself.
Palma turned his face to her side and looked at her playing the Chinese Pipa so beautifully. He waited till her eyes looked in his direction to send her a heart full smile.
He seemed to feel what she feels now.
Again a golden light was around them.
Princess Lin smiled, she seemed also to know that they both like another and that there is a deep secret to the instrument Pipa in their common life.
It was as if Princess Lin came with her delegation of hundreds of people was not only to make the diplomatic contact to the Republic of Venice, the mightiest State in the 16th century in Europe and the whole western world, it was because Palma and Palmina have a special cultural mission which is going over centuries and Princess Lin could feel the secret golden light and supports them secretly.
She also smiled now to them.
In 300 or 400 years she will again help them to find together and to overcome the problems of their secret tender love…
Master Lao smiled as if he could read the thought of all of them and he nodded slowly with an old friendly silent smile of an old Chinese Master.
On one day Palma’s painting and music student came to watch and to study how Palma is making this painting.
Palmina played and meanwhile Martin stood up to look suddenly to the beautiful eyes of princess Lin.
It is his first time that he saw Asian Women in his whole life.
He was fascinated by the aesthetic Asian eyes of the Asian women.
So he could not stop to look at her beautiful Asian face and especially Asian eyes.
Palma liked also to paint the Chinese Asian Women and her Eyes and Martin stood on the left side of princess Lin and looked, and looked, and he did not stop looking.
Palma wondered a little bit.
„And…and…could you, dear saint virgin, be also my mother…?“
he said and Martin started to cry as he felt that positive energy of all people here.
Palmina came, Palma and the Chinese women came to console him.
„My art scholar Martin cried because he lost his mother a few years ago… and he is asking if the saint virgin could also be his mother….“
The translator understood and translated for the Chinese friends.
All Chinese women tried to help Martin touching him tender on his head.
Palmina was also full of understanding for him and stroke his head.
And then Palmina started to play some beautiful soft music to give him warm energy.
Martin still looked and looked at Princess Lin in his vision to see her as saint virgin, the music and the warm energy of Palmina and of all members of the Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery seemed to support him mentally.
He breath very slow and calmed slowly.
„He felt now that the saint virgin will protect him and will also be mother for him“
And as Martin stood so quiet looking fascinated of the Asian eyes of princess Lin Palma il Giovane started to paint and to paint Martin as Saint beside the Saint Asian Virgin with child.
Now her baby seemed to bless all standing around here with his hands.
„This is a miracle“. All the Venetian and Chinese Audience felt a miracle happened now.
During Palmina’s playing the ‚golden-light music‘ all happened harmonic as a sacred miracle.
A priest came from the audience and felt on his knees and fold his hands for praying.
Palma started to paint this scene and asked the priest to stay in this position to finish Palma’s traditional painting because the miracle will stay as long he paints and Palmina is playing.
And really as long he painted the baby blessed the priest and all around with his hands.
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This could Palma and Palmina see sitting in their Peony Gondoly.
And now Palma took his Viola and played for Palmina like this:
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Fw52BCk23SY (old: https://vimeo.com/255156832 )
Viola solo music inspiration (Palma il Giovane-Virgin and Child with Saints)
painting: Palma il Giovane-Virgin and Child with Saints
After that Palmina took her Pipa 琵琶 and played as music answer this, and then the voices of the sphears sung suddenly like this around their Peony Gondola and Palma and Palmina played also:
VIDEO: [Cantico delle Creature 1-4 with Pipa 琵琶 +Viola ] https://youtu.be/ZjJU6j0yur8 (old: https://vimeo.com/255156832 )
(to be continued…)
painting: Palma il Giovane
‚Virgin with child and saints“, Venice, 1580