The ecstasy of St. Theresa

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This is one of my favourite pieces on religious matters. As a practicing Christian and a self-proclaimed renaissance woman, i think Gian Lorenzo Bernini perfectly captured the romanticism of Christianity and combined it well with the hedonism and movement of the Renaissance during the time of Counter Reformation (history and stuff). It evokes the sensuality of true worship and does not ignore the impulses of Theresa of Avila, she’s only human, neither does it stress on it. Let us all look for the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus and experience the rapture she did here.
The sculpture is the central sculptural group in white marble set in an elevated aedicule in the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.


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