domenichino

Saint Cecilia [with an Angel Holding a Musical Score] (c.1617-1618). Domenichino (1581–1641). Oil on canvas. Louvre.

This painting, commissioned by the Cardinal Ludovico Lodovisi, was inspired by Raphael’s St Cecilia.

Domenichino upheld of the tradition of Bolognese classicism. By 1610, he was established as Rome’s leading painter and had a succession of major decorative commissions, among them scenes from the life of St Cecilia in San Luigi dei Francesi (1613-14).