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ITALIAN SCHOOL. oooooooo D. ZAMPIERI. **** FRENCH MUSEUM.

ST. CECILIA.

We shall not go over the biographical details already mentioned, when we gave the pictures of St. Cecilia, by Mignard and by Giulio Romano, nos. 10 and 290; but it may be curious to know the motives that could determine Domenichino to represent the Saint playing on a base-viol. It is known that the artist was very fond of music, and that he made use of it as a means of relief against the cares which often embittered his life.

The base-viol, at first, had but five strings; a sixth was added to it about the latter end of the XVI century; the Earl of Sommerset invented an eighth, and there were some constructed with twelve strings. But then the instrument became more suitable to express the effects of harmony, than to execute vocal pieces. Sainte-Colombe, a famous French musician belonging to the court of Lewis XIV, thought he had brought the base viol to its perfection by giving it seven strings. This took place about the year 1636, and probably it is that change which Domenichino wished to commemorate.

This picture is supposed to have been painted for Cardinal Ludovisi. It was brought to France by M. de Nogent, and was tranferred to the Collection of M. de Jabach, who sold it to the King. St. Cecilia's head is full of expression; her beautiful eyes beam with divine love, and the angel's body before her, recals the gracefulness and grandeur with which Domenichino knew how to embellish his figures of children. It has been engraved by E. Picart and by J. G. Muller. Height, 5 feet 3 inches; width, 4 feet 10 inches.

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ITALIAN SCHOOL. oooooooo D. ZAMPIERI. **** FRENCH MUSEUM.

ST. CECILIA.

We shall not go over the biographical details already mentioned, when we gave the pictures of St. Cecilia, by Mignard and by Giulio Romano, noo. 10 and 290; but it may be curious to know the motives that could determine Domenichino to represent the Saint playing on a base-viol. It is known that the artist was very fond of music, and that he made use of it as a means of relief against the cares which often embittered his life.

The base-viol, at first, had but five strings; a sixth was added to it about the latter end of the XVI century; the Earl of Sommerset invented an eighth, and there were some constructed with twelve strings. But then the instrument became more suitable to express the effects of harmony, than to execute vocal pieces. Sainte-Colombe, a famous French musician belonging to the court of Lewis XIV, thought he had brought the base viol to its perfection by giving it seven strings. This took place about the year 1636, and probably it is that change which Domenichino wished to commemorate.

This picture is supposed to have been painted for Cardinal Ludovisi. It was brought to France by M. de Nogent, and was tranferred to the Collection of M. de Jabach, who sold it to the King. St. Cecilia's head is full of expression; her beautiful eyes beam with divine love, and the angel's body before her, recals the gracefulness and grandeur with which Domenichino knew how to embellish his figures of children. It has been engraved by E. Picart and by J. G. Muller. Height, 5 feet 3 inches; width, 4 feet 10 inches.

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