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

Legend of Sts Cecilia and Valerian, Scene 10

Oratory of St Cecilia, San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

Scene 10, the last scene of the Cecilia cycle in the Oratory of St Cecilia, painted by Francesco Francia, depicts the saint's burial. Three men hold taut a shroud supporting her lifeless body above a sarcophagus that appears to be much too small. Among the bystanders in this pastoral landscape are several sorrowing women, Pope urban, and a priest.

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