The Ecstasy of Saint Philippe

I always found that sometimes Philippe Jaroussky’s facial expression when singing certain phrases resembles a lot the face of Bernini’s St. Therese.

For the ones not familiar with the host of Catholic Saints, she was a woman who was blessed with … er… visions… of an angel coming to her, piercing her with a… *cough…  quoting: “long spear of gold.”

“The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying.”  (Quote St. Therese)

Proof is attached. After skimming youtube….

And abusing various freeware graphic software…

Voilà 😀


5 thoughts on “The Ecstasy of Saint Philippe

  1. Well, hair-wise, maybe… and a certain boyish chubbiness 😀 now you mention it…

    Chris Colfer Wikipedia

    But then, if I ever see Chris Colfer with a facial expression like that:…
    The Extasy of St Philippe 1

    … I can imagine perfectly what he is doing… most probably not singing though.

    The Exstasy of St. Philippe 2

  2. I’ll never look at Bernini’s St Teresa the same way again.

    (And I actually saw the sculpture in Rome. It’s high up, you need to strain your neck a bit. The images are better than what you see if you show up in the church. So… a lot of interesting viewing and interpretation problems, which is how it should be.)

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