Saint Cecilia (circa 1626). Simon Vouet (French, Baroque, 1590-1646). Oil on canvas. The Blanton Museum of Art.
Saint Cecilia is known as the patron saint of music and musicians. At her wedding, while the musicians played, Saint Cecilia sang to the Lord in her heart. In the later middle ages she was represented as actually playing the organ and singing aloud.
Vouet highlights and exaggerates in order to heighten the mood and effect. St. Cecilia glows with glorious light. The important subjects – Cecilia, the organ pipes – are drawn with rich, delicate detail and bright colors.