Boy, Florence gets "David" AND the "Ecstasy"??????
Edited to add: Nope, it isn't. See Pearl's reply below. It's in Rome.]
The artist, purportedly, was depicting St. Theresa's ecstatic vision of being pierced by the love of Christ in the side, a pierce like that of an arrow (no doubt meant to mirror the lancing on Good Friday), wielded by an angel. I don't know how much St. Theresa knew about the classical myths (I'm betting she was an educated woman before becoming a nun), but the parallel between her vision and the myth of Cupid/Eros, piercing his victims with an arrow that made them fall madly in love, was certainly on my mind when I saw this beautiful statue.
Many years later, how appropriate to import the face of film-Frodo into this piece. For his arrow has been every bit as keen and piercing as Cupid's, filling me with a love that seems incurable. But, unlike Theresa's angel, mine did not pierce me through the side but, Cupid-like, elsewhere. No, not there -- through the eye! This is supposed to be the "spiritual" post, remember? Shees!
But, oh, let us sigh as one for the sheer beauty of the face of film Frodo. *sigh*
(Hey; I know I am not the only chaste book fan out there to have been so smitten!)
Frodo, as the angel who pierces the side of St. Theresa with his "arrow of pure love", by Bernini: