due uomini salirono al tempio a pregare . . .

The ceiling at S. Maria della Vittoria in Rome is so vast that I couldn't get the entire image in my lens. I went here to see Bernini's, Ecstasy of St. Teresa. The stucco angles frame the frescoed Virgin Mary Triumphing over Heresy and the Fall of the Rebel Angles. Louie and I went into to the duomo Sunday morning and mass was in progress. We sat in the back and waited until it was over because the Bernini was inside the nave to the left and we couldn't see it unless we walked past the priest giving communion. I'm not a religious person, but surrounded by all these angels and this amazing art was a religious experience for me. I could have sat there all day looking at the interior of this duomo and listening to that priest lead the service in Italian with the congregation in call and response and an angelic choir behind us accompanied by a pipe organ. Blissful!

2 thoughts on “due uomini salirono al tempio a pregare . . .

  1. Carol Howe

    Incredible! And imagine: first the concept, then the sketching, negotiations for the scaffolding, etc. and then the actual painting. Gasp!

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