Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bernini's Power

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, an Italian Architect who can be identified as the greatest sculptor and architect for the Italian Baroque. No one before Bernini was capable to have marble flow and look the way he made his sculptures. The sculptures show life on to cold hard marble, and the characters seem to have the flowing blood within them. The intensity of the moment is shown to the smallest detail, like the indention of the skin. He started his artistic life with a paining for the Pope, which kept Bernini in the eye of the Catholic Church.

Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1614-15

At age sixteen, he completes the Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence and the piece shows the moment where the burning of the flesh created  a pleasing scent which the chronicle describes. The idea that torment becomes ecstasy is depicted.

Ecstasy of Saint TeresaGiovanni Lorenzo Bernini, 1645-1652 CE
Italy, Rome at Santa Maria della Vittoria, Cornaro Chapel

A well known piece which also such transformation divine love is, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. The definition of divine love is the relationship or love, towards or of God. The sculpture shows Saint Teresa highly aroused by the presence of God. The action of the angel who's arrow goes through her chest is a form of showing the torment of force and the intensity of reaching the divine glory.

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