Friday, 27 January 2012

St Teresa of Avila in Ecstasy

My printed hanging of St Teresa of Avila in Ecstasy is up in my room. It looks very smart. It is based I assume on Bernini's sculpture. The account of her ecstasy is found in her autobiography (this culled from Wikipedia - so its bound to be true!):
I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron's point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying.
I have not found too often printed versions of this. Posters, of course, by this hanging really is quite fine. It's about four foot by three - so a reasonable size. 

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