One look at this statuette by Schiaffino and one cannot help thinking about Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s ‘Ecstasy of St Teresa of Avila’, the monumental sculpture group in the Cornaro Chapel in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome. In A Taste for Sculpture (2016), Andrea Bacchi described the current piece as ‘a Bernini in miniature’. His attribution to Francesco Schiaffino is based on the stylistic relationship with other works by the artist, with in particular the “Madonna and Child” in the parish church of Rut. It is clear that Schiaffino was familiar with Bernini’s model when we look at, for example, the gesture of the angel raising his hand and the manner in which the figures almost protrude from the cloud. Furthermore, Schiaffino has closely followed Bernini’s depiction of Saint Teresa in her expression, her right hand with the palm facing upward and her bare foot that leaves us with no doubt about her identity. Ratti described in the artist’s biography that Schiaffino saw several pieces of Bernini during his stay in Rome. From the unquestionable relationship with this work by Schiaffino, we can say with some certainty that the group in the Cornaro Chapel is amongst them. With this small statuette, which was almost certainly meant to be used for private devotion, Schiaffino has not only demonstrated his prowess in sculpting: he has managed to successfully translate a monumental composition to an intimate, small scale masterpiece.