BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
The Ecstasy of Saint Therese1647-52
Marble, stucco, gilt bronze
Cappella Cornaro, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome
The picture shows the complete view of the altar in the Cornaro Chapel.
The setting of Bernini's group consists of a carefully articulated variety of stones retrieved from ancient ruins in Rome (some twenty different kinds, including jasper, breccia, alabaster, lapis lazuli, red marble from France and black from Flanders), which go to constitute a theatre of salvation.