ADD IN THIS BOX, BUT
BELOW THE CURRENT IMAGE A PICTURE THAT IS REPEATED IN THE LATER MODULE
ENTITLED “BAROQUE AND ROCOCO”. It is the second image in that module and is
entitled “bernini’s St. Teresa”
ALSO CAN THE IMAGE
BELOW BE STRAIGHTENED OUT?
of Bingen was born in Germany in 1098. By the age of five, she began having
visions. Years later after ascending to the rank of abbess, she painted
illustrations of those earlier visions which inspired her to follow a
religious path. Such paintings depict what cannot be seen and therefore
display exaggerated colors and mystical elements that do not mirror
scientific facts in the concrete world.
example is Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s The Ecstasy of St. Teresa,
(1645-52). St. Teresa lived in a convent in Avila, Spain, in the mid 1500’s.
One night as she was going to sleep in her dark cell, a bright light appeared
in the room. As she groggily opened her eyes, she saw an angel holding an
arrow. The tip of the arrow seemed a glowing red as if hot. Paralyzed in
fear, Teresa lay motionless upon her bed, but she described the sensation of
the arrow within her body as being so sweet and warm. The angel removed the
arrow, and Teresa felt the cold of the room and a sense of despair. The angel
approached again and pierced her flesh with the arrow, removed it, then for a
third time, then removed it after which he departed.