Do you recognize these 👀? They belong to St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. According to legend, she could play any musical instrument and was so exalted she could hear the singing of angels. Cardinal Emilio Sfondrato commissioned Guido Reni to portray the saint as though communicating, by means of music, with the heavens above. 🎶
Guido Reni (Italian, 1575–1642), Saint Cecilia (detail), 1606, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation.
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