Saint Cecilia: Angels Announcing Her Imminent Martyrdom

size(cm): 50x45
Sale price£150 GBP


The painting Saint Cecilia: Angels Announcing Their Impending Martyrdom by Gustave Moreau is a masterpiece of 19th century French Symbolism. The composition of the painting is impressive, with a central figure of Saint Cecilia surrounded by angels and cherubs announcing her imminent martyrdom.

Moreau's artistic style is unique, characterized by his use of bright, saturated colors, as well as his attention to detail in the depiction of objects and figures. In this painting, the angels and cherubs are represented with a delicacy and beauty that makes them seem almost real.

Color also plays an important role in painting. Gold and red tones dominate the work, creating a feeling of warmth and passion. The figure of Saint Cecilia is dressed in an intense red dress, which contrasts with the golden background and the white angels.

The story behind the painting is equally fascinating. Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music and the painting represents the moment in which the angels announce her martyrdom. According to legend, Cecilia was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. She was tortured and eventually beheaded, but her body did not decompose, making her a symbol of the resurrection.

In addition to its beauty and historical significance, the painting also has some little-known aspects. For example, Moreau used a painting technique called "glacis" to create the sense of depth and lightness in the work. It is also said that the figure of Santa Cecilia is based on the actress Sarah Bernhardt, who was a friend of the artist.

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