About this artwork

A single arrow lodged in his neck identifies the subject of this picture as Saint Sebastian, an early Christian martyr. It shares a common provenance with Furini’s Personification of Poetry, hanging nearby, but they are unlikely to have been conceived as a pair, since the subject of that picture is secular rather than religious.

  • title:
    Saint Sebastian
  • accession number:
    NG 30
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1633
  • measurements:
    50.50 x 38.50 cm (framed: 81.00 x 69.20 x 10.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased by the RI 1831; transferred 1859