Santa Maria della Vittoria
The Spanish mystic appears floating on a cloud in a spiritual trance with a cheeky angel hovering nearby who has just pierced her breast with a burning arrow. Saint Theresa’s personal thoughts on her spiritual experience were penned as thus: ‘So intense was the pain, I uttered several moans; so great was the sweetness caused by the pain, I never wanted to lose it.’ Lucky girl. Sunlight enters through the window above, directing golden rays behind the marble figure and bathing the scene in a glowing light, typical of baroque theatricality. It’s enough to make you blush in church.