From Eve to Mary - the Women of the Bible  
  The creation of the pictorial cycle of the twelve female biblical figures from Eve to Mary was encouraged by the artist's friendship with the poet Antonio Bruni, who at that time was working in Venice, and who urged Ernani to go ahead with, what, as the artist had confided in him one day in September 1983, was one of the many ideas he had been “mulling over” for years.
That was the moment which started the creative process and led to the completion of the project, which would be accompanied by poems written by Bruni.
The publication of the catalogue-book edited by Multi Media Veneto MMV (Padua, 1987) on the occasion of the travelling exhibition, reproduced and featured both the twelve paintings and the twelve poems.
From then on they would be presented together again, along with the biblical passages that accompanied the publication.

“ …The Lord God […] made […] a woman and brought her to the man.
Then the man said – This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh… –”

Genesis 2:22-23
eve standing, painting    
Hagar the Egyptian

“ … the angel […] said to her – What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; […] Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.– […] she saw a well of water […] and gave the boy a drink… ”

Genesis 21:17-19
hagar, ishmael and the angel in the wilderness, painting  



“And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, – Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us? – The servant said, – It is my master. – So she took her veil and covered herself. ”

Genesis 24:64-65
rebekah, isaac and the servants with camels, painting
Potiphar's Wife

“[…] she caught hold of his garment, saying, – Lie with me! – But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. ”

Genesis 39:12
joseph running away from Potiphar’s Wife, painting    

“When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, […] She let him fall asleep on her lap; and she called a man, and had him shave off the seven locks of his head… ”

Judges 16:18-19
samson and delilah, painting    



“It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.”

2 Samuel 11:2
Bathsheba bathing viewed from David, painting  



“[…] Holofernes [was] stretched out on his bed, for he was dead drunk. […] Judith […] took down his sword […] took hold of the hair of his head, and [prayed] […]. Then she struck his neck twice with all her might, and cut off his head. ”

Judith 13:2-8
Judith beheading Holophernes, painting  



“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the wild does:
do not stir up or awaken love
until it is ready!”

Song of Songs 2:7
the lover watch shulamith sleeping  



“ She […] wished to bathe in the garden, for it was a hot day.
[…] her maids […] shut the doors of the garden and went out by the side doors […] they did not see the elders, because they were hiding.”

Daniel 13:15–18
susanna bathing  



“[…] danced before the company, and she pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, – Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter. –”

Matthew 14:6–8
salome dancing before herod’s banquet guests with herodias carring the head of the baptist, painting


Mary of Magdala

“Jesus […] said to Simon, – Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. […] –”

Luke 7:44
penitent mary magdalene standing, painting    


Mary of Nazareth

“The Lord […] has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; […]"

Luke 1:48
the young mary with the child, painting  
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