The Ecstasy of St. Teresa is is a sculpture designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini, (1598-1680) in Italy between the years 1645-52. It was built to be 11 ft 6 in. in a Baroque style made out of marble. This is a great example of Bernini’s work that helps us understand the Baroque style of artwork. He created this piece for the Cornaro Chapel of the church of Santa Maria Della Vittoria in Rome. Bernini designed the entire chapel alongside the church for the Cornaro Family which shows the influences of the royalty and wealthy during this time period. Saint Theresa is the focal point of the chapel. Some of its important features include soft white marble surrounded by a polychromatic marble framing, which works to support and hide a window that lights the statue. The statue is made in the image of Saint Theresa of Avila who was a popular saint of the Catholic Reformation. The statue represents some of her writings in which she described the love of God as piercing her heart like a burning arrow. Bernini uses the statue’s image to represent an angle who instead of plunging the arrow into her heart, is actually pulling it out and the ecstatic relief can be seen on her face. I like this piece because of its religious background and story behind it. It is also a statue, which i enjoy viewing and interpreting in its 3 dimensional aspects.
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