On My Mind: 3-8-20

"Daughters of Pacini, Giovannina and Amazilia" by Karl Bryullov

Giovannina and Amazilia/Amacilia - While looking at art by Karl Bryullov I came across a gorgeous painting of two girls who were the daughters of the Italian composer Giovanni Pacini. Their names were Giovannina, a diminutive of Giovanna, and Amazilia, sometimes called Amacilia. I can't find much on either version, except for a genus of hummingbird called Amazilia, but they're both gorgeous.

Artwork by Iben Sandemose
Iben - I have a soft spot for girls names that end in an N or an O or any other letter that seems to be more common for boys. Scandinavian Iben is no exception. Thought to possibly be a feminine form of the Danish nickname Ib, short for Jakob, it is also associated with the Danish word ibenholt, "ebony". Children's book author and illustrator Iben Sandemose gives it a touch of the whimsical.

Arantzazu - There's this Spanish painter, Arantzazu Martinez, who's work just takes my breath away. And her name does, too. It comes from a place near the town Oñati where there is a Franciscan shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary called "The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu". Arantzazu means "thorn-bush" or more poetically, "place abounding in hawthorn". The legend states that the Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherd Rodrigo de Balanzategui in a thorn-bush, and he cried out "Arantzan zu?" meaning "Thou, among the thorns?".

2 comments:

  1. Amazilia really is an interesting name. At first glance it looks like an elaborated form of the Amazon River, doesn’t it?

    I tried searching for the source of the name. I found it used in a few plays set in the Incan Empire, the name Amazili used as the name of an Incan priestess or heroine. The name’s use seems to have originated from a French novel titled Les Incas (1777) by Jean-François Marmontel, the name of the Incan heroine, whose name was Amazili. I don’t know for sure but it seems that Marmontel likely based it from the Amazon River, and Amazilia was adopted from the name Amazili.

    There’s a play titled Jessonda (1822) which seems to be set in India, with a character (I’m assuming she’s Indian) named Amazilia

    An opera titled Alonso e Cora (written around the 1780s) written by an Italian composer who based it on Marmontel’s novel.

    There’s also a play called The Virgin of the Sun by German dramatist August von Kotzebue which seems to have been inspired or based on Alonso e Cora, but I’m not sure.

    I posted a few links below if you want to look through them.






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    [] http://westtexashummingbirds.com/information/species-accounts/violet-crowned/




    [https://books.google.com/books?id=koEuAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA47&lpg=PA47&dq=amazili+name+meaning&source=bl&ots=6mJ6l5YKPt&sig=ACfU3U0rnbKCEX4tJPFFcOS9FhP8lRUUhg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwipxbTn0YvoAhUqhHIEHQP8AJkQ6AEwCnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=amazili%20name%20meaning&f=false]




    [https://books.google.com/books?id=AsJOAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA166&lpg=PA166&dq=amazili+name+meaning&source=bl&ots=IHhWcTmqu8&sig=ACfU3U3QH\_\_h2D1UXDLvBTQpmULFUViCxg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwipxbTn0YvoAhUqhHIEHQP8AJkQ6AEwCXoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=amazili%20name%20meaning&f=false]


    [https://www.hbw.com/dictionary/definition/amazili]




    [https://books.google.com/books?id=YMBZAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA117&lpg=PA117&dq=amazilia+name+meaning&source=bl&ots=g4wuUHAYCi&sig=ACfU3U1huQiQT\_DFP3zr9tIGLeL5FbZo1A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjQtsaI1IvoAhUwlnIEHTM9DnE4FBDoATAAegQIChAB#v=onepage&q=amazilia%20name%20meaning&f=false]

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