“Ava’s Gift”, 4×6, was a gift from Concetta’s daughter

Violet – the Muse’s favorite color and her Mother’s favorite flower!


Bunch of Violets and Fan, 1872
Concetta loves Edouard Manet’s painting, gifted with love to Berthe Morisot, “Bunch of Violets” (1892)


The Violet Family of Color

  • The Egyptian queen Cleopatra loved purple. To obtain one ounce of Tyrian purple dye, she had her servants soak 20,000 Purpura snails for 10 days.
  • In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband’s death.
  • A “purple heart” is a U.S. military decoration for soldiers wounded or killed in battle.
  • Purple is a royal color.
  • Purple robes are an emblem of authority and rank.
  • “Purple speech” is profane talk.
  • “Purple prose” is writing that is full of exaggerated literary effects and ornamentation.
  • Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases 10 times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.
  • Purple in a child’s room is said to help develop the imagination according to color theory.
  • Richard Wagner composed his operas in a room with shades of violet, his color of inspiration.
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