William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), “Back of a Nude” (oil on canvas, 1888)

Dolci le mie parole ne la sera
ti sien come la pioggia che bruiva
tepida e fuggitiva,
commiato lacrimoso de la primavera,
su i gelsi e su gli olmi e su le viti
e su i pini dai novelli rosei diti
che giocano con l’aura che si perde,
e su ’l grano che non è biondo ancóra
e non è verde,
e su ’l fieno che già patì la falce
e trascolora,
e su gli olivi, su i fratelli olivi
che fan di santità pallidi i clivi
e sorridenti.

[Que mis palabras por la noche
te suenen dulces como la lluvia que murmullaba
tibia y huidiza
—despedida lagrimosa de la primavera—
en las moreras y los olmos y las vides
y en los pinos de dedos rosados y finos
que juegan con la brisa que se pierde
y en el trigo que aún no es rubio
y tampoco es verde,
y en el heno que ya sufrió la hoz
y se descolora,
y en las oliveras, en mis hermanas las oliveras
cuyo casto color hace palidecer
y sonreír las lomas.]

{May my words, tonight, sound sweet
to you like the rain that murmured
warm and fugitive
—tearful farewell of spring—
on the mulberries, the elms and the vines
and on the pink tender fingers of the pines
that play with the breeze that gets lost
and on the wheat that is not yet blond
nor is green,
and on the hay that has already been sickled
and fades,
and on the olive trees, my brothers the olive trees
whose chaste color makes the slopes
pale and smile.}

—Gabriele D’Annunzio, “La sera fiesolana”, translation to Spanish and English for Arcadia Art by Antonio Marcantonio

{ Painting: William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), “Back of a Nude” (oil on canvas, 1888). }

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Back of a Nude (oil on canvas, 1888)

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