Shouting at the Angels : visual Experience in Angela of Foligno’s Memoriale
García-Acosta, Pablo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Additional title: Gritar a los ángeles : experiencia visual en el Memoriale de Ángela de Foligno
Date: 2013
Abstract: This article is part of the scholarly revival in Angela of Foligno (c. 1248-c. 1308) studies in relation to images. With the exhibition entitled Dal visibile all’indicibile. Crocifissi ed esperienza mistica in Angela da Foligno (Foligno, October 6th, 2012 – January 6th, 2013) and the publication of the catalogue, relations between Angela’s visions and her artistic context have been examined in greater depth. However, despite the excellent essays included in the book, there is still lacking a theoretical basis to explain Angela's devotional relationship with some images and, in particular, her reception of them. The main aim of these pages is therefore to develop that theoretical background and to interpret from such a basis the events that occurred in Assisi in front of the so-called “vetrata degli angeli” (the stained glass window of the angels).
Abstract: Este artículo se encuadra en la actual ola de estudios sobre Ángela de Foligno (c. 1248-c. 1308) y las imágenes. Después de la exposición titulada Dal visibile all’indicibile. Crocefissi ed esperienza mistica in Angela da Foligno (Foligno, 6 de octubre de 2012 – 6 de enero de 2013) y de la publicación de su catálogo, se han ampliado los vínculos trazados entre sus visiones y su contexto artístico. Sin embargo, a pesar de los excelentes ensayos incluidos en el volumen, aún se echa en falta una base teórica que explique la relación devocional de Ángela con algunas imágenes y, en particular, su recepción de las mismas. Aportar tal trasfondo teórico será uno de los objetivos de estas páginas. El segundo, será interpretar desde la perspectiva desarrollada el suceso ante la “vetrata degli angeli”, central en el Memoriale y en la vivencia angelana.
Note: This article forms part of a larger research project partly funded by the Bibliotheca Mystica et Philosophica Alois M. Haas Research Group (2009SGR1551, granted by the “Departament d’Economía i Conexeiment de la Generalitat de Cataluya”), which allowed me to undertake a research trip to Assisi to work with the manuscript traditionally known as A (Assisi Codex, Biblioteca Comunale 342), which contains the most reliable version of Angela’s writings. I want to thank all the members of the group for their personal support, particularly Dr. Victoria Cirlot, who introduced me to Angela so many years ago, and Dr. Blanca Garí (Universitat de Barcelona), who helped me with Angela’s manuscripts in the Catalan tradition. I also want to express my gratitude to all WIFIT (Women in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition) members, particularly Pacelli Millane and Linda Burke for their support in my search for the English version of the Latin Memoriale text. 2 Researcher in Bibliotheca Mysthica et Philosophica Alois M. Haas Research Group (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Professor of Literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His main research interests are the links between word and image, Late Medieval mysticism and medieval reading practices and manuscript culture. He is the editor and translator of Angela of Foligno’s Memoriale in Spanish (Madrid: Siruela, 2014, in press) and author of Poética de la visibilidad en el Mirouer des simples ames de Marguerite Porete (Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2009).
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Subject: Angela of Foligno ; Memoriale ; Franciscan Art ; Devoció ; Visió ; Devotion ; Vision ; Arte franciscano ; Devoción ; Visión
Published in: Mirabilia, Núm. 17 (Juliol-Desembre 2013) , p. 115-139, ISSN 1676-5818

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