Hg2 : The Hedonist

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.

Via XX Settembre 17,
Via Veneto
+39 06 4274 0571
Opening Times
daily, 8.30am-noon, 3.30-6pm
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