‘Santa Maria Degli Angel’ 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.
Santa Maria Degli Angeli – by Angela Thomas
Known as ‘The Portzioncola’ which means a little portion of land. This is the home of the Franciscan story. It is the fourth church that Francis restored and where on the 24th February 1209 he heard the gospel reading to go out and preach that ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’ and to bring back life to all those in need. Later, the Portzioncola became the home base for the growing fraternity of men who had come to join Francis. It was where Francis asked that he should be allowed to die naked on the ground. He in fact died wearing a habit lent to him by a brother. He was forty four years old. I love this painting because it contains all the mystery and simplicity surrounding Franciscanism. The little church is now enclosed by a great monolith of a building but the artist, Angela Thomas, has cleverly placed it back in the woods where it belongs. This painting was bought at the British Film Institute premiere.
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.