St. Cecilia (1639-40) by Peter Paul Rubens

St. Cecilia - Peter Paul Rubens - 1639 - 1640

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Cecilia
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
Date1639 - 1640
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions177 x 139 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationGemaeldegalerie, Berlin

About St. Cecilia

The artwork entitled “St. Cecilia” is an oil on panel painting by the celebrated artist Peter Paul Rubens, created between the years 1639 and 1640. This religious painting belongs to the Baroque movement, a style known for its dramatic expression, rich colors, and dynamic movement. Measuring 177 by 139 centimeters, the piece is currently housed in the Gemaeldegalerie in Berlin, Germany.

The painting depicts St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians, in a moment of divine inspiration as she plays the organ. Her expression is one of rapturous engagement, looking upwards as if in a celestial conversation. Her attire is sumptuous, with rich emerald and golden tones that exemplify Rubens’ mastery of fabric and light. Beside her, two putti, or cherubic figures, assist in operating the organ, adding a lighthearted and engaging element to the scene. Below, an angel holds up musical scores, reinforcing the saint’s divine connection to music. The darkened architectural elements in the background provide contrast, highlighting the ethereal glow that seems to surround St. Cecilia. Collectively, these elements convey a sense of the spiritual ecstasy associated with religious and musical fervor, a common theme in Baroque religious art.

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