The Teresian Pilgrimage of a Nineteenth Century Flemish Artist by Iris Mary Dunbar OCD
The Teresian Pilgrimage of a Nineteenth Century Flemish Artist
The Teresian Pilgrimage of a Nineteenth Century Flemish Artist Sister Iris Mary Dunbar OCD has given us this story of M. Hye Hoys. He was a pious layman and an architect by profession who left Ghent, his home town, on 1 March 1866.
He was accompanied by his wife. They set off for Spain. Here they intended to visit all those places where St Teresa of Avila, the Carmelites reformer, had lived.
His aim was to sketch everything tending to the glory of that great Saint. They were aware of the difficulties of transport, extremes of climate and so on, but they were resolutely determined to overcome them.
They found travel in Spain in the 1860’s very little changed from the sixteenth century. The rural customs and style of dress too were very little different from what Teresa would have known. M Hey Hoy had an eye for noticing detail and added bits of local colour which made his sketches full of life.
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