This figure of Saint Sebastian is the only surviving work signed by the artist, who often signed works with his brother. It is identifiable as the central panel of a polyptych (a picture or relief made up of two or more separate panels), which was commissioned for a chapel in the Carmine, Pavia. The two other main panels are in a private collection near Milan.

According to the legend, Saint Sebastian was an officer in the imperial guard of the Roman emperor Diocletian. When it was revealed that he was a Christian he was shot with arrows, but his wounds healed. He was subsequently martyred by being stoned to death.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1499; died 1509 or soon after
Full title
Saint Sebastian
Date made
about 1505-6
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
119.4 x 44.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1880
Inventory number
NG1092
Location in Gallery