Portrait of a Man as Saint Sebastian

about 1600

Object

Artist

Netherlandish Artist

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: TL-19102

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on panel

Credit

Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info

Dimensions

window height: 35.313 in, 89.6950 cm; window width: 28.438 in, 72.2325 cm; frame height: 50 3/8 in, 127.9525 cm; frame width: 44 in, 111.76 cm; frame depth: 6 in, 15.2400 cm

Department

European and American Art Before 1900

Collection

European and American Art Before 1900-European Art

Known Provenance

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Caption

Netherlandish artist, active in England
Portrait of a Man as Saint Sebastian, about 1600
Oil paint on wood panel 
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-19102

Extended Info

Although England prohibited religious paintings after the founding of the Church of England in the 1530s, a person’s faith might still be expressed secretly, which is possibly the idea behind this picture. The sitter chose to be represented as the ancient Roman-era martyr Sebastian, who was executed for his Christian faith. Sebastian is traditionally depicted shot through with arrows, but here he is shown without wounds, his innocence conveyed by the openness of his sympathetic gaze.