Recognising saints: music

Music – particularly the organ – is the common attribute of Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia is associated with music because of an episode from her legend.

Her parents insisted on her marrying a pagan, Valerian of Trastevere, although Cecilia had promised her virginity to God.

At her wedding Cecilia sang a hymn of love in her heart to Jesus, her true spouse.

Detail from Workshop of the Master od ther Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece, ' The Virgin and Child in Glory with Saints', about 1512
Detail from Workshop of the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece, The Virgin and Child in Glory with Saints, about 1512 

The Virgin and Child in Glory with Saints
Workshop of the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece
about 1512

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