Two angels hold the crown of martyrdom above the Saint's head. Images of Sebastian were popular because he was a protector against the plague.

This painting may have been part of an altarpiece, or a votive picture, or one made for private devotion.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1452; died 1495
Full title
Saint Sebastian
Date made
probably 1480-95
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
126.4 x 59.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1895
Inventory number
NG1461
Location in Gallery