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Saint Sebastian

The sculpture perfectly expresses the aesthetic taste of Italy at that time, representing Saint Sebastian as an Apollo, a young man of great beauty and tasteful nudity, despite the drama involved in the scene of his martyrdom. Sources report that his sacrifice, ordered by Emperor Diocletian, took place on a tree in the Field of Mars, a place where he was shot with arrows. However, in this case we see the representation of a single arrow that pierced his left side.

Anónimo italiano

Technical sheet
  • Title: Saint Sebastian
  • Author: Anonymous Italian
  • Date: 1680-1710
  • Material and technique: Chiselled and embossed silver
  • Dimensions: 83 x 36 x 29 cm
  • Location: Cathedral Treasury
Key features of the work
  • The figure stands on a pedestal, with a convex and very elaborate profile. The highlight here is the presence of angels in the corners and the adornment created by a garland of laurel leaves running around it

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