‘San Damiano’ is one of the original paintings used in the film Finding Saint Francis . In these paintings Angela Thomas was commissioned to give the audiences a glimpse into the places most closely associated with the Franciscan story. In these watercolours she brilliantly brings to life the feeling of the Italian landscape.
San Damiano – by Angela Thomas
This picture, along with that of Santa Maria degli Angeli plays a central role in the Franciscan story. It is the church that was in ruins when Francis happened to visit one day. Over the alter there was the figure of Christ on a wooden cross. As Francis knelt in front of it asking God for advice the lips of Christ seemed to move saying to him ‘Francis, rebuild my church’. Francis took this literally to mean that he should repair this broken down building. It was a fateful moment. What ensued was a violent argument with his father that led to a drastic change in Francis’s life and separation from his father, Pietro Bernadone, which, as far as we know, was never mended. The interior of the church and the Byzantine cross appear in a modern setting in the film but you need to watch the film to get the whole dramatic story. Later this little church became the home of St. Clare and her sisters who founded the Second Order of the Franciscans.
We are selling high quality cards and prints, both signed and unsigned by the artist, of all the original paintings. In addition, you can still buy a number of the original watercolors, which are mounted and framed with beautiful light oak.