RENI, Guido
(b. 1575, Calvenzano, d. 1642, Bologna)

St Cecilia

Oil on canvas, 94 x 75 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena

St Cecilia is a Christian saint and virgin martyr believed to have lived in the 2nd or 3rd century. She is the patron saint of music, her attribute being the organ. However, she is often represented with other musical instruments.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 3 minutes):
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Ricercar No. 8