Cecilia

Available as a print.

The prototype of this artwork is St.Cecilia, the patroness of musicians. I portry her as a modern woman that could live among us as well as the good traits that her image presents.

The reference to music is derived from the erroneous repetition of a section in the Passio Sanctae Ceciliae, the words “canticus organis” written in reference to the music of her wedding celebration.I used a lyre which could be an instrument the real Cecilia played on in the times of Roman Empire.

The figure is surrounded with palm branches that are a sign of victory in heaven in Christ’s presence. Tattoo on Cecilia’s hand has a shape of an olive branch, the symbol of the everlasting peace in christianity.

The sword symbolism deals with protection, righteousness, and justice to reinforce the concept of truth,equanimity, and justness revealed in the light of Christ. White roses signify her purity.

The legend about Cecilia’s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days. That’s why her neck is divided with an empty space.