Picart, Étienne (1632-1721; French), after Domenichino (1581-1641; Italian)
Ste Cecile chantant les loüanges de Dieu [St Cecilia singing the praises of God]
Gift of George Collins Levey 1879
National Gallery of Victoria (p.183.10-1)

= Levey gift, cat.27

Domenichino’s canvas, painted in about 1617-18, was acquired by Louis XIV in 1662, together with the Concert by Spada, formerly attributed to Domenichino. Both paintings, probably commissioned by Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi, apparently arrived in France in the 1650s.

Picart’s engravings after both works belonged to the the original group of Tableaux du Cabinet du Roi collected in 1677, and the two prints also formed part of Levey’s 1879 gift: see now Picart after Spada The Concert {1879} NGV [PR].


Not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905 

For this impression, see https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/37721/ (not reproduced; as by an unknown engraver). Cf. Suite et Arrangement (1727), p.1; Duplessis Cabinet du roi (1869), p.6, no.11. For the original canvas, see Louvre cat.II (1981), p.171 (Inv.793): bought from Jabach in 1662; and http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/saint-cecilia-angel-holding-musical-score (with reproduction)