The martyrdom of St Sebastian - Zuidelijke Nederlanden 17e eeuw

The martyrdom of St Sebastian

Artist: 
Zuidelijke Nederlanden 17e eeuw
Material : 
oil on panel
Dimensions: 
50.0 cm x 64.5 cm
Inventory number: 
Inv.S39
Museum:
City Museum "De Hofstadt" Diest
Subcategory:
17th century Saints
Type:
Painting

Sebastian is standing with his hands behind his back tied to a tree. His chest and right leg are pierced with arrows. An angel is carefully removing an arrow from his chest. A bow and a quiver are lying at the saint’s feet. Behind them a vast landscape stretches to the horizon. An angel pulling arrows from St Sebastian’s body is quite a rare theme. In fact, it only occurs in the art of the Southern Netherlands at the time of the Counter-Reformation.