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Category:Artistic
Subcategory:Sculptures
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Keywords:Cornaro Chapel, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Rome, Santa Maria della Vittoria, baroque, sculptures, transverberation
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The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

The Cornaro Chapel in the Santa Maria della Vittoria: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1647-1652).
In a shamelessly theatrical manner Bernini (1598-1680) 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 makes us see what's going on inside of her.
The chapel, located in the left aisle of the church, is constructed as a private theatre. Members of the Cornaro family observe the scene as from their boxes.