Ecstasy of St. Teresa - Rome, Italy
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N 41° 54.285 E 012° 29.649
33T E 292154 N 4642237
Italian Baroque masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, on a 1998 Italian postage stamp.
Waymark Code: WM19EHP
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 02/11/2024
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Jack of all (artistic) trades and master of all as well, Gian Lorenzo Bernini was born in December of 1598 in Naples. He was a major figure in architecture, city planning, oil painting and theater: as both a writer and actor as well as set designer. But it is his sculpture for which he is most noteworthy, often being credited with creating the Italian Baroque style. To honor the 400th anniversary of the birth of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italy issued this postage stamp which depicts one of his most celebrated marbles: the Ecstasy of St. Teresa.

The sculpture group is located in the Cornaro chapel of the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria near the main train terminal in Rome. The Cornaro chapel is named for Cardinal Federico Cornaro of Venice who commissioned the work in the middle of the seventeenth century and who chose this church as his burial site. The work was completed in 1652. The sculpture shows a moment of ecstasy experienced by Saint Teresa of Avila, related in her autobiography, when, in a vision, she was pierced by an angel with a flame-tipped spear through her heart causing her immense pain and joy at once.
Stamp Issuing Country: Italy

Date of Issue: 1-Dec-1998

Denomination: 900 l

Color: multicolored

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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