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Art 100
Professor Lois

Reflection 5: Sculpture or Crafts

The Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Theresa is an impressive sculpture that I came across and as I ponder about it has an absolute important meaning, but at the same time it’s strange. I found a description of how Bernini describes this sculpture:” Beside me, on the left, appeared an angel in bodily form.... He was not tall but short, and very beautiful; and his face was so aflame that he appeared to be one of the highest rank of angels, who seem to be all on fire.... In his hands I saw a great golden spear, and at the iron tip there appeared to be a point of fire. This he plunged into my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he pulled it out I felt that he took them with it, and left me utterly consumed by the great love of God. The pain was so severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness caused by this intense pain is so extreme that one cannot possibly wish it to cease, nor is one's soul content with anything but God. This is not a physical but a spiritual pain, though the body has some share in it—even a considerable share.” I feel like this certain description he is talking about the devil because he was an angel, fallen angel and he describes fire and we all know the devil is associated with fire .He says Mother Theresa said she got a spiritual pain from it so intense even uttered moans. So it also sounds like its sexual related and ecstasy is a drug so its possible this has to do with the devil. “Saint Teresa describes her intensely spiritual experience in very physical, even sexual terms. Why? We know that an important goal of Baroque art is to involve the viewer. Teresa is describing this in physical terms so that we can understand. After all, being visited by an angel and filled with the love of God is no small experience. How can we, with our ordinary…...

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