Saint Cecilia was an early Christian Martyr and holds the palm of martyrdom. She is the patron saint of music, and the portable organ seen on the left is her attribute. The angel on the right holds a harp.

This painting was once attributed to Domenichino and has more recently been described as a work of the Roman School. It is, however, an original work by Cortona dating from the first half of the 1620s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1596 - 1669
Full title
Saint Cecilia
Date made
1620-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
143.5 x 108.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1941
Inventory number
NG5284
Location in Gallery