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Saint Cecilia: Patroness of Musicians

In the fourth century a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian was written in glorification of virginal life with the purpose of taking the place of then-popular sensual romances.
Consequently, until better evidence is produced, we must conclude that St. Cecilia was not known or venerated in Rome until about the time when Pope Gelasius (496) introduced her name into his Sacramentary.
It is said that there was a church dedicated to St. Cecilia in Rome in the fifth century, in which Pope Symmachus held a council in 500.
The story of St. Cecilia is not without beauty or merit. She is said to have been quite close to God and prayed often:
"In the city of Rome there was a virgin named Cecilia, who came from an extremely rich family and was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, fasted, and invoked the saints, angels, and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity".

Orazio Gentileschi🎨 | Saint Cecilia with an Angel


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Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Famed for his sensual figures and charming scenes of pretty women, Pierre Auguste Renoir🎨 was a far more complex and thoughtful painter than generally assumed.
He was a founding member of the Impressionist movement, nevertheless he ceased to exhibit with the group after 1877.
From the 1880s until well into the twentieth century, he developed a monumental, classically inspired style that influenced such avant-garde giants as Pablo Picasso.


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Vermeer | A Young Woman standing at a Virginal, 1670-1672


The richly dressed lady playing a virginal stands in a prosperous Dutch home with paintings on the wall, a marble-tiled floor, and a skirting of locally produced Delft blue and white tiles. The two paintings on the wall behind her cannot be identified with certainty.
The small landscape on the left and the painting decorating the lid of the virginal resemble works by Vermeer🎨’s Delft colleague Pieter Groenewegen.
The second painting, attributed to Cesar van Everdingen, shows the motif of Cupid holding a card. This figure derives from a contemporary emblem. It may either refer to the idea of faithfulness to one lover or, in conjunction with the virginal, to the traditional association of music and love.


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Van der Vaart and Wissing | Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark,1685


Title: Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark;
Artists: Willem Wissing (Dutch painter🎨, 1656-1687), Jan van der Vaart (Dutch painter🎨, 1647-1721)
Current location: National Galleries of Scotland.

Queen Anne (1665-1714) - Princess of Denmark, Reigned 1702-1714 - was the last of the Stuart dynasty to occupy the British throne.
Shown here aged eighteen, seductively dressed and posed in a sumptuous interior, her reign was dominated by war with the French and her failure to produce an heir.


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Giuseppe Sanmartino | The Veiled Christ, 1753


Placed at the centre of the nave of the Sansevero Chapel, The Veiled Christ is one of the most famous and impressive works of art in the world.
It was the Prince’s wish that the statue be made by Antonio Corradini (Italian🎨 Rococo sculptor🎨, 19 October 1688 - 12 August 1752), who had already done Modesty for him.
However, Corradini died in 1752 and only managed to make a terracotta scale model of the Christ, which is now preserved in the Museo di San Martino.


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Alexandre Cabanel | Michelangelo in his Studio, 1859


1823-1889
Academic Classical painter and teacher
Michelangelo🎨 in His Studio, Visited by Pope Julius II
79 x 133 cms | 31 x 521/4ins
Oil on canvas
Musée Goupil, Bordeaux


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Ancient Egypt


The culture and monuments of ancient Egypt🎨 have left a lasting legacy on the world. The cult of the goddess Isis, for example, became popular in the Roman Empire, as obelisks and other relics were transported back to Rome.
The Romans also imported building materials from Egypt to erect Egyptian-style structures. Early historians such as Herodotus, Strabo, and Diodorus Siculus studied and wrote about the land, which Romans came to view as a place of mystery.


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Thutmose | The Sculptor of the bust of Nefertiti


The King's Favourite and Master of Works, the Sculptor Thutmose - (also spelled Djhutmose and Thutmosis), flourished 1350 BC, is thought to have been the official court sculptor of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten in the latter part of his reign.
German archaeological expedition digging in Akhenaten's deserted city of Akhetaten, at Amarna, found a ruined house and studio complex (labeled P47.1-3) in early December 1912; the building was identified as that of Thutmose based on an ivory horse blinker found in a rubbish pit in the courtyard inscribed with his name and job title.