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Saint Cecilia of Rome and Her Husband, Valerian, Being Crowned by an Angel

Panel from an altarpiece

Master of the Pesaro Crucifix, Italian (active Venice), active late 14th century

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1375-1380

Tempera and gold on panel with vertical grain

20 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches (51.4 x 36.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 311, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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Credit Line:
The John D. McIlhenny Collection, 1943

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An angel crowns Cecilia and Valerianus in their bedroom after Valerianus has converted to Christianity and agreed to respect Cecilia’s youthful vow of chastity. Although the story took place in ancient Rome, this artist set the scene in a typical fourteenth-century building of his native Venice.

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