if you had asked me first semester of my freshman year of high school what i was going to major in, i probably would have told you art history. look at me now, a rising junior majoring in psychology and anthropology, realistically toying with the idea of being pre-med. apparently, a lot has changed since then. its not that i came to despise art history, but two exams, a paper, and one mean western art TA later i realized that i may not be as best suited for that field as my interest led me to think. dont get me wrong, i am extremely passionate about my majors, which any of my friends could tell you as i am a total psych nerd (just look back to one of my first posts where i go on a rant about psychopaths).
but i still really love art and i am fortunate enough to be able to have seen a lot of my favorite pieces in person. i especially like sculpture. in marble. its just so smooth and dense and cool. one of my all time favorite sculptures is by bernini, “the ecstasy of saint teresa”. not only is the sculpture an artistic masterpiece with his ability to transform cold stone into flowing fabric, but it pushes the envelope due to the fact that it is a religious piece that is somewhat suggestive. it’s not hard to argue that bernini was depicting a physical orgasm experienced by teresa. just look at the woman. remember this piece is in rome. wonder what the catholic church thinks of that.
now i have not been lucky enough to see the ecstasy of saint teresa, but i have seen a couple of my other favorite sculptures. one is this absolutely precious marble sculpture by jean dampt of saint john the baptist as a child. the softness of the marble and the pureness portrayed in his face show the sweetness of a child. i especially love how the child is down praying on his knees. so hopeful and innocent. uncorrupt and promising. i just love it.