Venice awaking from a siesta. The colors of a summer afternoon dream.
I think the most painful realisation comes when you find that you cannot speak your mother tongue as well as you do the language of the land where you grew up. My English is evidence of this. When something as simple as a colour, or the name of an animal in your mother tongue leaves you dumb. Yesterday I could not find the world for ‘turtle’ in Somali, only after my mother reminded me, did I recall knowing it.
We betray our mother tongues, for the languages of nations who will never fully accept us. We let the strangeness infest our mouths until we forget how to accommodate our original tongues.
skemono submitted to medievalpoc:
I’ve been wanting to submit this one for a while, because I loves me some Goya, and I personally find it a bit more interesting when there’s an artist I recognize on here.
In 1796, José María Álvarez de Toledo y Gonzaga passed away. His wife, María Cayetana de Silva, retreated to her estate in Sanlúcar, Andalucia, and Goya went with her. He stayed there for a year or two, and his art of the time captured several domestic moments in the estate. The two images above include María de la Luz, a young black girl who lived with the duchess.
I can find very little information about María. Most sources say that the Duchess, who had no children of her own, adopted her (one even gives the year of adoption as 1795). However, some simply say that María lived in the household, or that the Duchess took her under her wing, or had “virtually adopted” her. I believe she was born in Havana in 1793, the daughter of a slave woman, and according to one source the duchess emancipated her (María, not her mother). When the duchess wrote her will, she included María, along with several servants and Goya’s son, Javier. And that’s about all I can find.
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, La duquesa de Alba teniendo en sus brazos a María de la Luz (“The Duchess of Alba holding María de la Luz”), 1796-1797. Sanlúcar Album / Album A. India ink wash.
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, La Beata con Luis de Berganza y María de la Luz, 1795. Oil painting.