Ecstasy of Saint Teresa  

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"In his hands I saw a long golden spear [...] with this he seemed to pierce my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he drew it out, I thought he was drawing them out with it and he left me completely afire with a great love for God." --The Complete Works Of Saint Teresa Of Jesus Volume I, transl. by Allison Peers

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The Ecstasy of St. Teresa (1647–1652) is the central marble group of a sculpture complex designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome. It is a depiction of the religious ecstasy described by Spanish mystic Teresa of Ávila. A photography depicting the face of Teresa is used on the cover of Georges Bataille's book L'Érotisme.

It is a depiction of her most famous vision (right).

Similar works by Bernini

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