‘Santa Maria Della Rocca’ 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 Della Rocca – by Angela Thomas
After Francis had lost a court case with his father over some money he had taken from his father’s shop for the rebuilding of San Damiano he left Assisi and climbed the hills to Santa Maria della Rocca. This church looks more like a fortress than a church because the main body of the church is hidden behind the bell tower. I wanted this imposing structure because it precedes the scene near here where Francis was attacked by a gang of robbers who demanded his money. When Francis said that he didn’t have any money they asked him who he was. He replied, ‘I am the Herald of the Great King’. So they stripped him of all his clothes and threw him in a snow drift saying, ‘Lie thou there thou fool of a Herald’. I like this painting because it looks unusual but if you see the church from the side you realise it is big and perched on the top of a high outcrop of rock.
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.