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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saintly voyeurs

The next item on my list was Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa, in a church called Santa Maria della Vittoria.

The church wasn't on the map, but I managed to find Largo Santa Susanna, the square where it is located. Then, because there were of course no signs, I located the correct church among the dozen or so candidates by simply walking into each one until I found the crowd of tourists.

And there she is, St Teresa, in all her orgasmic splendor. It is even more outrageous in person than in photographs, from the way her mouth has fallen slightly open, to the lush disarray, meticulously carved, of the bedclothes.

My favorite touch, which you don't see in photos, is this balcony of men to the right, observing and discussing. It feels almost indecent.

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