Saint Cecilia of Rome and Her Husband, Valerian, Being Crowned by an Angel
Panel from an altarpiece
Master of the Pesaro Crucifix, Italian (active Venice), active late 14th century
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An angel crowns Cecilia and Valerianus in their bedroom after Valerianus has converted to Christianity and agreed to respect Cecilia’s youthful vow of chastity. Although the story took place in ancient Rome, this artist set the scene in a typical fourteenth-century building of his native Venice.
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