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St. Cecilia, stained glass panel, Netherlandish or German?, c.1600

Height: 95mm, approximate
Width: 80mm, approximate

Museum number: SG4

Curatorial note

The standing figure of St Cecilia is depicted resting a portative organ in the crook of her right arm. Fashionably coifed and dressed, her expression is delightfully enigmatic. The patron saint of music, Cecilia’s attribute of a portative organ is derived from the phrase ‘cantantibus organis’ in the description of her wedding day.

With its matching architectural frame on the left and top, this tiny panel is possibly one of a pair with SG2, Saint Anne teaching the Virgin to read. Like that panel, the shading is produced by lightly scratching through the brown paint. The lower portion of the panel has been lost.

Literature

Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 137


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk