Saint Sebastian

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