340 years ago today, the man who designed the great Doric Colonnades in St Peter's Square, a/k/a 'Bernini's Colonnades', died. R+I+P Lorenzo Bernini.
From One Peter Five
By Massimo Scapin
“In these days of discomfort and dejection I have held on to a fixed vision: the vision of Saint Teresa, that famous and wonderful statue in Santa Maria della Vittoria, in piazza S. Bernardo. In Rome, in my studio I have a plaster cast of Saint Teresa’s head; and, in looking at it, I have always had a great impression: Bernini’s chisel has not depicted a saint, but has created an ideal mysticism, both sacred and profane, an infinitely sweet creature, whose expression is both ascetic and sensual. In these days I have always had that divine head before my eyes; and in that vision I composed a small piece for orchestra, which I titled: Looking at Bernini’s Saint Teresa. And I will perform it at the Augusteum. It’s a simple feeling” (Mascagni to Anna Lolli, January 4, 1923, in Epistolario, Vol. 2, Libreria Musicale Italiana, Lucca 1996, p. 101).