The Ecstasy of St. Robert Plant

While commuting to work this morning, I listened to Led Zeppelin’s “Mothership” album in anticipation for my lecture on Baroque art. But there’s no similarity between those two things, you say? I beg to differ:

Bernini, detail of The Ecstasy of St. Theresa (1647-52)
Of course, the “ecstasy” that may have influenced Robert Plant would have been much different from the ecstasy of St. Theresa…
  • heidenkind says:

    Now if only you could find a picture of Jimmy Page in the same pose as the angel….

  • M says:

    Ha! Then we could replace the angel's arrow with Jimmy Page's double guitar, right? I love it.

  • H Niyazi says:

    Interesting observation M!

    Knowing Bernini's penchant for derring-do and fondness for the ladies, I imagined he would have really enjoyed the Zep's A Whole Lotta Love!"

    More LedZep in art history posts I say!


  • The Clever Pup says:

    I'm feeling it. My 16-year-old is totally into Led Zeppelin at the moment. Good one "M"

  • e says:

    Ha ha ha, that's awesome!

  • in the Garden of Earthly Delights says:

    ha ha ha this is hilarious. i posted about it this morning. thanks for the bit. it brightened up my day!

  • M says:

    Thanks for the comments (and linking to this post), In the Garden of Earthly Delights! 🙂

    I'm glad that it brightened your day. Robert Plant or Bernini could brighten up anyone's day on their own, but when the two are combined it makes something especially awesome.

  • Douglas says:

    Great, now I'm stuck with the(remarkably amusing) mental image of Stairway To Heaven being played in the Villa Borghese.

  • Catherine says:

    Very sensuous.

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