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"What Has Earth to Do With Heaven?": The Relationship Between Teresa of Avila's Mystical Experience and Description of the Transverberation of Her Heart and the Iconography of Divine Love and Saintly Martyrdom

Goodman, Eleanor Hope
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Goodman, Eleanor Hope
Advisor
Goedde, Lawrence
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how Teresa of Avila's,visual descriptions in her Life are not simply evocations of her actual mystical experiences, but accounts colored by her concern with and interest in the visual and her exposure to pictures. In turn, her writings were a source for later pictorial iconography in Counter Reformation Europe. Thus, Teresa's written imagery fits into a long iconographic tradition that in itself influenced her descriptions. Her descriptions, in particular, her account of the Transverberation of her heart, were then fed back into the visual arts as various artists interpreted her experiences in order to spread her understanding of God throughout Catholic Europe.
Language
English
Date Received
20170928
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Art, MA (Master of Arts), 1991
Published Date
1991
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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