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Now that’s a great facelift!

November 29, 2011

The artist responsible for this rapturous image of Saint Cecilia is more likely to be determined now that the painting has emerged from a miraculous restoration (in fact, the guessing has begun).  Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music, though the instrument of her martyrdom was not an organ nor any other musical instrument.  This painting originally arrived in London in 1790 ascribed to Annibale Carracci and has been in the collection of the Dulwich Picture Gallery since 1811, but it’s authorship is currently unknown and until the restoration had not been on view since the late 19th century.  It’s November 22 public resurrection, as it were, coincided with her feast day.  More about this painting here … and more about Saint Cecilia and her burial site in Rome, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (which has an amazing late 13th century Pietro Cavallini mural).

Bolognese School, Saint Cecilia, 17th century, oil on canvas, Bourgeois Bequest 1811, © By permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Before and After Conservation Images: Bolognese School, Saint Cecilia, 17th century, oil on canvas, Bourgeois Bequest 1811, © By permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
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