Ecstasy of Saint Theresa is a sculpture made in marble between the years 1647 to 1652 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It was requested by cardinal Cornaro to be placed on its grave in Santa Maria della Vittoria’s church in Rome, nowadays it still placed there.
|Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, in Cornaro's chapel.|
|Gian Lorenzo Bernini|
This work is usually considered as the most emblematic piece made by Bernini, who was also the main sculptor from the Barroque period. It’is a religious sculpture, it represents the ecstasy of Saint Theresa based on her own deeds in which it’s written that she felt a divine arrow pierced her chest and she felt pain and pleasure at the same time and she also levitate.
The author obtained a lot of dynamism in this work, and transmitted perfectly Saint Theresa’s feelings. We can see her lying down with a long dress and the angel over her, who is looking at her and holding an arrow.
Let’s look a bit closely with a presentation I've made: