Bernini: Sculpting sainthood

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This essay springs from a centenary lecture given at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, to complement the exhibition on Passion and Persuasion: Baroque Saints. As the exhibition treated largely prints and paintings, including some depictions of St Teresa of Avila, the essay-lecture gives an in-depth view of Bernini's Cornaro Chapel and his representation of St Teresa's ecstasy in the sculptural medium, with attention to the devotional ritual context out of which this work emerged, and particularly that of Teresa's canonisation and subsequent saint-day mass.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies: An Irish Quarterly Review
Issue number416
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
EventPublic centenary lecture at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, with podcast - Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 19 Mar 201519 Mar 2015


  • Bernini
  • St Teresa
  • Jesuit
  • Catholic Reform and Art


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