Saint Demetrius is identified by the scroll inscribed with his name at his feet. He was proconsul of Achaia and was stabbed to death with a lance by order of the Emperor Maximinianus because he converted many Romans to Christianity.

The composition shows the influence of Raphael's 'Saint Cecilia' altarpiece in Bologna, which was finished not later than 1516.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
before 1487 - after 1524
Full title
Saints Sebastian, Roch and Demetrius
Date made
about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions
230.4 x 154.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1861
Inventory number
NG669
Location in Gallery