GIAN DOMENICO CERRINI, attribuited to
Perugia, 1609 – Rome, 1681
Concert of Saint Cecilia
oil on canvas, cm 123×172
This canvas shows Saint Cecilia intent on playing her portative organ, surrounded by angels who seem to be accompanying her in song. The classical-style painting and the gentle figures, with strong lighting contrasts that add a sense of the theatrical, are the main characteristics of this painting and place it within the tradition that began particularly with Guido Reni.
The very pale and somewhat milky complexion of Saint Cecilia are typical traits of Gian Domenico Cerrini, a Perugian painter who trained, as far as we know from biographies, in the Roman workshop of Guido Reni and became one of the most appreciated exponents of Baroque classicism during that period. The puffy draperies, the heavy green curtain behind the sacred group and the general composition recall the culture of the Umbrian painter in his mature years.
“Vento Barocco. La forma dell’invisibile”, exhibition catalogue, edited by Don Gianni Citro, Edizioni C.R.E.A, Salerno, 2021, pp. 96-99.