(active in 1535-1565)

St Cecilia

Wood, height 18,5 cm
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp

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 (often the portative type).

This elegant palmwood figure was produced in the Southern Netherlands, in Brabant in the 2nd third of the 16th century.

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