The J. Paul Getty Museum

Saint Cecilia

Object Details

Title:

Saint Cecilia

Artist/Maker:

Joseph Anton Draeger (German, 1794 - 1833)

Culture:

German

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

1822

Medium:

Graphite

Object Number:

2009.40

Dimensions:

22.2 × 17.6 cm (8 3/4 × 6 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

After studying at the Dresden Art Academy, Draeger moved to Rome, where he led a life dominated by art and fellowship with other young German artists. He made this finely wrought drawing in preparation for a painting of Saint Cecilia.

The patron saint of music sings while she plays the organ, one of her usual attributes. Minute details abound in this composition, such as the ornate tracery on the instrument, the notes on the musical score, and the saint's eyelashes. The painting, which received much praise at the time, was acquired by Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (1831 - 1888).

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011