L. Mortari, Bernardo Strozzi, Rome 1995, p. 162, cat. no. 363, reproduced p. 162 and color plate XVII.
During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Roman martyr, Saint Cecilia, was first venerated as the patroness of musicians and church music. She was a favorite subject of Strozzi who painted her at least fifteen times. The painting is dateable to Strozzi's late Genoese period, before his move to Venice in circa 1630/31.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Bernardo Strozzi by Camillo Manzitti.
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