"Raphael Sanzio. (see no. 553.) St. Cecilia. 44 x 74. Original in the gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna. The saint is represented with a 'regal' in her hands, wrapt in ecstacy at the heavenly music she hears. Beginning on her left are the four patron saints of Bologna: St. Paul, St. John, St. Augustine and Mary Magdalene. " St. Cecilia, having embraced Christianity with her father, a Roman noble, n the third century, on refusing to sacrifice to the gods, was thrown into boiling water, from which the legend says she came out unscathed. Being sentenced to be beheaded, the executioner's heart failed him, and his trembling hand inflicted three wounds in the saint's neck and breast, without killing her. She survived three days. She was buried near her husband, who suffered martyrdom before her." (see serial 04120379 for commentary on artist)
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.