Ecstasy of St. Theresa Statue
8.74 inches high / 22.22cm high
The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa from the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome was designed and completed
by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a leading sculptor of his day.
The swooning nun and the angel with the spear derive from an episode described by Teresa of Avila, a mystical cloistered Discalced Carmelite reformer and nun, in her autobiography,
‘The Life of Teresa of Jesus’ (1515–1582).
“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron's point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God."