#FridayPainting: John Melhuish Strudwick “Saint Cecilia”

Saint Cecilia is known as a patron of music and musicians. Legend has it that when the musicians played at her wedding, Cecilia sang to the Divine. November 22nd is dedicated to her memory, with music and feasts marking the celebration.

John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1937), an English Pre-Raphaelite painter, presented Saint Cecilia at the organ, with an angelic being at her side listening attentively to the music. The painting is a blend of Renaissance and Medieval styles for which John Melhuish Strudwick was known.

I was captivated by the vibrant colours, the flow of the garments, and the intricate wood and gold paneling on the musical instrument. I felt a sense of dignity and reverence in the calm faces, with Saint Cecilia’s fingers gently touching the keys, the halos positioned above the women’s heads and the flame that adorned the angel’s hair.

John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1937) Saint Cecilia 1896, Oil on Panel Sudley House, National Museums, Liverpool, England

Saint Cecilia is located at Sudley House, National Museums, Liverpool, England.