A mahogany colored frame with gold beading sets off the rich palette of the painting of Saint Cecilia by Sue Kouma Johnson.
Cecilia was a third century virgin martyr who was courted by a Roman official but refused to marry as she was consecrated as a bride of Christ. She was then tortured, imprisoned and finally struck on the neck with a sword. When sword failed to complete the job, she suffered in ptherison for 3 days before she died. During that time, she heard heavenly voices singing to her; hence, she is the patroness of music and musicians.
Her body was interred in the catacombs and 1500 years later, it was rediscovered, completely in-corrupt! A sculptor carved a marble replica of her body and it is quite beautiful. The painting reflects what the sculptor captured in her figure and gown. Sue portrays her as in prison, listening to the angels and playing the harp in accompaniment, symbolic of her heart strings.
Cecilia's feast day is November 22, and she is patron of musicians. Many young ladies have chosen St Cecilia as their Confirmation saint. This print, or the soldered medal, makes a sweet Confirmation gift for girls.
“In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art.” ~ St. Pope John Paul II
Descriptive text and Image © by Sue Kouma Johnson – Classic Catholic Art.
Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John