La imagen de Santa Teresa | Ellas Crean 2015
The image of Santa Teresa de Jesús in the Municipal Historic Library collection
To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Historic Library of Madrid has chosen a number of books and images connected with the writer and Doctor of the Church from its hugely valuable collection of books and papers.
The first part of the exhibition "La imagen de Santa Teresa de Jesús en los fondos de la Biblioteca Histórica Muncipal" (The image of Santa Teresa de Jesús in the Municipal Historic Library collection), which can be seen in the lobby of the Conde Duque Centre, includes original books as well as panels with reproductions of images and texts taken from various volumes, showing how iconography of the Saint has evolved over the centuries.
The extent of the devotion to Saint Teresa meant that there is a wealth of iconography on her, making the image an essential way of spreading knowledge about the most important aspects of her life and work. They include episodes that have been particularly well recorded in pictures, like her escape to the Holy Land with her brother; the Transverberation; her portrait with writer's attributes; inspired by the Holy Spirit, as well as her image as Doctor of the Church, typical of the 19th century. It should also be remembered that Saint Teresa broke away from the usual image of women that had been in place from the 16th century, when the feminine was relegated to home and hearth.
The second part of the exhibition, inside the Historic Library, displays various editions of bibliographical interest of Saint Teresa's reading matter; she was an avid reader and the exhibition includes both her favourite books and those she recommended to her fellow nuns in the Order. The display is completed with a more comprehensive virtual exhibition of items selected from the collection and viewable on the web site www.madrid.es/bibliotecahistorica.
From february 26 to april 12 of 2015