"The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa".
Historic print of Saint Teresa of Ávila, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called "Saint Teresa of Jesus" (28 March 1515 – 4 or 15 October 1582) was a Spanish noblewoman who chose a monastic life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a "Doctor of the Church" over four centuries after her death.
Saint Teresa's love of God and her desire for spiritual union with him found expression in a vision in which an angel pierced her heart with a golden spear and sent her into a trance. Hence her entranced expression in this lithograph.
Rescued from an abandoned Belgian church, this hand-carved and painted frame has been beautifully preserved over the decades and is marked "MCM XXXI" in Roman numerals, which is 1931. Underneath in smaller print, "6 Dec '31" is carved.
The lithograph features a beautiful gold flake halo around Saint Teresa, and inside the arrow piercing her heart. The bottom of the print does have a small amount of wrinkling, as pictured.
This is a very beautifully aged piece, and would be a great addition to any Saint collection.
Background information on Saint Teresa of Ávila: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_of_Ávila
26 x 20 x 1/2
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