FRANCIA, Francesco
(b. 1450, Bologna, d. 1517, Bologna)

Legend of Sts Cecilia and Valerian, Scene 4

Oratory of St Cecilia, San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

Scene 4 of the Cecilia cycle in the Oratory of St Cecilia, painted by an unidentified collaborator of Francesco Francia, shows the angel, now visible to Valerian as well, placing wreath of flowers from paradise on the heads of the bride and groom. The angels offers to grant Valerian one wish, and Valerian asks that his brother Tiburtius might also convert to Christianity. The scene to the left in the middle distance depicts the discussion between Valerian, Tiburtius, and Cecilia about Christ's Passion and his earthly succession - a discussion that took place before Tiburtius received baptism. To the right in the background the brother has sought out the pope as well, and is saved.

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