Paul Delaroche, St. Cecilia and the Angels, 1836

From the Victoria and Albert Museum:

Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) was born in Paris and first trained as a landscape painter, a category he abandoned quickly to devote himself to history painting. Delaroche was soon hailed as the leader of the contemporary French school of history painting. In 1832 Delaroche was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and the following year he became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where his pupils included Thomas Couture (1815-1879) and Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

This painting was executed by Delaroche in 1836 and contrast somehow with his preceding works. It shows St Cecilia, saint patron of music, attending by angels kneeling before her. The very bright palette and somewhat archaic treatment provides a sense of ideal spirituality, which would influence the next generation of painter including Ingres (1780-1867).


Posted on February 25 2012, with 291 Notes

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