Fully aware of his degenerative condition, he tries to keep silent—but then, as a kid, often breaks into tears. Santiago goes out on his usual fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. The tight framing of the scene and the touching intensity of the looks being exchanged add to the intimate atmosphere suffusing this dual image of grandfather and grandson. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. In fact, the innocence of the child, his sweet young face and Old man very young boy position of his hand on his grandfather's chest, all Old man very young boy to the loving intimacy between them. Behind them at right is a window through which can be seen a generalized landscape, its uneven terrain and winding roads typical of Ghirlandaio's backgrounds.