The St. Cecilia contemporary icon is a completely unique, hand-painted work of art, each individually signed by the artist. A truly beautiful addition to our collection, we are proud to offer such reverent and heart-warming paintings made in such a creative medium. At 5 by 3.5 inches and featuring a leather frame, this painting can go anywhere in your home and become an eye-catching accent piece. This radiance and joy that this painting exudes comes from the artist’s choice of medium: she uses a process called “reverse oil on glass”. This touching and charming painting is a tribute to musicians everywhere, and if you’re looking for a gift for musicians, look no further!
A Gift for Musicians featuring St. Cecilia, Patron of Musicians
St. Cecilia is reputed to have heard heavenly, ethereal music in her heart on her wedding day, which is the main reason that she is typically considered to be the Patroness of Musicians. In this beautiful Catholic Saint painting, St. Cecilia is depicted holding a harp with a serene look on her face, possessed with love for God and the animating force of music. This is a unique gift that musicians will treasure for their entire life. Note that each painting is done by hand, so there will be slight variations from the painting pictured – this is all part of the charm of these incredibly charming paintings.
A Reverse Oil Painting on Glass
Reverse oil painting on glass is an art technique by which the artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. Realistic reverse paintings are extremely challenging to create since, for example, in painting a face, the artist must put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of painting a picture. The artist is not able to correct any errors made earlier since the surface between the glass and the paint already applied is now completely inaccessible. An artist in Poland who specializes in religious themes painted this and many other reverse oil paintings on glass. Each of these beautiful paintings are enclosed in handmade frames with a leather back made by the artist’s elderly mother. No two paintings are alike. To see other reverse oil paintings by the same artist, click here.
Saint Cecilia – Patron of Musicians
According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. The legends about Cecilia are many. She has been known by Christians since the 6th century and has been regarded as the inspiration behind liturgical music’s beginning.
During Vatican II the Commission on the Liturgy revived her desire to beautify Liturgies and participation of all through music.
“Liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred rites are solemnized in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people…. Choirs must be diligently promoted, but bishops and other pastors must ensure that, whenever the sacred action is to be celebrated with song, the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightfully theirs…. Gregorian chant, other things being equal, should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded…. Religious singing by the people is to be skillfully fostered, so that in devotions and sacred exercises, as also during liturgical services, the voices of the faithful may ring out” (Vatican II, Constitution on the Liturgy, 112-118).
This original piece of art and Catholic Saint painting is a blessing gift for all musicians in your life as well as a fitting confirmation gift.