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    DescriptionAlthough Saint Cecilia is venerated throughout the Western world as the patron saint of music and Raphael's famous painting The Ecstasy of Saint Cecilia is filled with musical iconography, the ancient origins of Cecilia's association with music have long been shrouded in mystery. This book, a masterful investigation of the Cecilian cult from its beginnings in Christian antiquity down to the Renaissance, explains how Cecilia came to be linked with music and offers a new interpretation of Raphael's painting. Thomas Connolly finds the key to the mystery in a theme he identifies as "mourning-into-joy." This theme, rooted in the Bible and in Aristotle's doctrine of the passions of the soul, became prominent in the visual and literary arts as well as in theology and spirituality and expressed the soul's passages between vice and virtue as a conversion of sadness into joy. According to Connolly, this idea strongly influenced the legend and worship of Saint Cecilia, a model for all who sought spiritual transformation. Connolly argues that the medieval mystical mind saw music as an intimate expression of the experiences of conversion and spiritual growth and that the conjunction of spirit and music became crystallized in the figure of the saint. His explanation not only provides a better understanding of Raphael's work and other Renaissance and Baroque art but also clarifies puzzling literary questions concerning Saint Cecilia, such as Chaucer's treatment of her in "The Second Nun's Tale."


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    Title
    Mourning into Joy
    Subtitle
    Music, Raphael and Saint Cecilia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Connolly
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 392
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 574 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300059014
    ISBN 10: 0300059019
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM, ACND
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 540
    B&T Approval Code: A02540000
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Approval Code: A08010200
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: AVGC2
    DC20: 270.092
    DC22: 272.1092
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 272/.1/092
    LC classification: ML85 .C66 1994
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: 94005325
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000, MUS048000
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, AGA, AVLA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 March 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven