The enduring influence of Bernini’s iconic sculpture

4 Sep 2017

Almost four centuries after its creation, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1647–52) remains the supreme emblem of religious visionary experience and the Baroque sensibility in art. Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond takes the mystical experiences of Bernini’s Saint Teresa of Avila as its starting point, bringing together historical depictions of ecstasy with more recent works focused on the transcendence of normal consciousness, including trances, moments of expanded awareness, and visionary insight. Hear from exhibition curator Dr Andrea Bubenik about how the exhibition has been influenced by Bernini’s masterpiece.

Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond opens at UQ Art Museum on 16 September and runs until 25 February 2018. RSVP here to the public program (5.00 pm) and opening (6.15 pm) on Friday 15 September and join the public forum on Saturday 16 September – Ecstasy: Art, Literature, Religion, History 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

An exhibition partnership between UQ Art Museum and the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800).