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  Baroque - LearnThis.Info Enclyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
St. Theresa of Avila, one of the most popular saints of the Counter Reformation, wrote narratives of her mystical experiences aimed at the nuns of her Carmelite Order; these writings had become popular reading among lay people interested in pursuing spirituality.
Theresa described her bodily reaction to spiritual enlightenment in a language of ecstasy used by many mystics, and Bernini did her the favor of taking her seriously.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa
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 baroque - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about baroque   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Designs were often large-scale, as in Bernini's piazza for St Peter's in Rome.
In Protestant Holland, where patronage had moved from the church to the middle classes, it is represented by Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
The master of baroque sculpture was Bernini, whose Ecstasy of St Theresa is a fine example of overt emotionalism.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /baroque   (720 words)

 Georges Braque
In the summer of 1955 Braque visited the bird sanctuary in Camargue where the saline marshes in the delta of the Rhine provide rich plant food for exotic birds; this stimulated his imagination for birds or at least confirmed his fascination for them.
Braque and the poet St. John Perse were brought together in 1961 by a mutual friend at the artist's request, and he suggested they do something about birds.
Metamorphosis is for the artist what ecstasy is for the mystic, a relinquishing of the material world.
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