"Bernini's Masterpiece - Santa Maria della Vittoria" Bernini Tip by iblatt

Bernini, Rome: 15 reviews and 26 photos

  Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa
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  • Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa - Rome
      Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa
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  • Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa: detail - Rome
      Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa: detail
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  • Guidi's sculpture in Santa Maria della Vittoria - Rome
      Guidi's sculpture in Santa Maria della Vittoria
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  • Santa Maria della Vittoria - Rome
      Santa Maria della Vittoria
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  • Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa - Rome
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All the tourists flock into this small church to see one masterpiece: Bernini's famous sculpture, "Ecstasy of St Teresa" (see main photo). I once saw a TV documentary dedicated to this work of art, and since then it was high on my list of priorities. I eventually got there during my last visit to Rome: This is a very sensuous, even voluptous, vivid depiction of St Teresa of Avila and the angel piercing her heart with his golden spear. She is said to have felt "immense joy and pain", and you can see her face and body contort, her mouth half open, her arm dangling below, and she is all ready to be penetrated by the holy spear and receive divine love.

I did not have to look hard for the Bernini sculpture. I could see where all the tourists were standing, near a chapel at the far end of the church to the left, the Cornaro chapel.

The church itself was built in the early 17th century, designed by the Baroque architect Maderno. It has a nave and three side-chapels.

In the chapel opposite Cornaro there is another interesting sculpture: How would you react if an angel appeared to you and told you your wife was pregnant by an immaculate conception? Domenico Guidi's "An angel revealing Mary's virginal conception to St Joseph" captures that very moment (see photo).

Address: 17 Via XX Settembre, Rome
Website: http://romanchurches.wikia.com/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Vittoria

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2011
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