Found project: Santa Maria della Vittoria


    Project : Santa Maria della Vittoria

    Architect : Maderno, Carlo

    Completion: 1626

    Locality : Roma

    Country : Italy

    Building style : Baroque

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    Description :

    “Built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese by Carlo Maderno in 1608–20, the High Baroque church of S. Maria della Vittoria was originally dedicated to St Paul. It was rededicated to Our Lady of Victory after the defeat by the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand II’s Catholic forces of the Bohemian Protestants at the Battle of the White Mountain near Prague in 1620. The Catholics attributed their victory to a small image of the Madonna found by their troops in the ruins of the Castle of Prague. The façade of the church was added by Soria in 1626. In the Cornaro Chapel, overlooked by statues of various members of the Venetian Cornaro family in what appear to be boxes in a theatre, is Bernini’s astonishing sculpture of St Teresa [The Ecstasy of St Teresa].”

    Hibbert, Christopher: Rome – The Biography of a City, Penguin Books, 1985, p. 356.


    “Visitors may be shocked or thrilled by the apparently physical nature of St Teresa’s ecstasy. She lies on a cloud her mouth half open and her eyelids closed, with rippling drapery covering her body. Looking over her with a smile, which from different angles can appear either tender or cruel, is a curly-haired angel holding an arrow with which he is about to pierce the saint’s body for a second time.”

    Eyewitness Travel – Rome, DK, 2006, p. 255.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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