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2 / Dreams and Visions

The Ecstasy of St. Teresa
The Ecstasy of St. Teresa
Artist / Origin Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680)
Region: Europe
Date 1647–52
Material Marble, stucco, and gilt bronze
Medium: Sculpture
Dimensions H: 11 ft. 6 in. (3.5 m.)
Location Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome, Italy
Credit Courtesy of SCALA/Art Resource, NY

expert perspective

Edward J. SullivanProfessor of Fine Arts, New York University

The Ecstasy of St. Teresa

» Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680)

expert perspective

Edward J. Sullivan Edward J. Sullivan Professor of Fine Arts, New York University

The instance of a single image that appears time and time again in multiple artists’ work is also something that fascinates me. For example, the saint in ecstasy. Bernini, who was greatly admired by many of the Spanish artists who went to Italy and saw his works, is perhaps the quintessential example of a seventeenth-century Baroque creator of ecstasies in art. And the most outstanding of his creations of ecstasy is, I think, the sculptural group that is created to observe the ecstasy of Saint Teresa. Saint Teresa had reverberations all across Europe in the later half of the seventeenth century.” 


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