Rome - Marc Haegeman Photography

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini (1647-52)

In a shamelessly theatrical manner Bernini depicts one of Teresa of Avila's moments of ecstatic levitation, described by the nun herself in the most graphic of terms. The true genius of "Il Cavaliere" is that by his stunning treatment of the marble, billowing from the angel towards and inwards the saint, he reveals what's going on inside of her. The Cornaro Chapel located in the left aisle of the Santa Maria della Vittoria church, is constructed as a private theatre. Members of the Cornaro family observe the scene as from their boxes

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