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St. Sebastian Succoured by Holy Women
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St. Sebastian Succoured by Holy Women


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Two Christian women, Irene and a companion, extract arrows from Sebastian, who has been left for dead by the Roman emperor Diocletian's archers. Sebastian miraculously recovered, only to be clubbed to death later. In Corot's painting, Sebastian's approaching sainthood and martyrdom is symbolized by putti, or cherubs, who carry a laurel wreath and a palm frond. As one critic wrote in 1871, "At the moment when St. Sebastian suffers and seems to die, the forest shares in his agony and mourns his death, while at the same time lifting him up to the heavenly spaces of a melancholic sky." Evidence of Corot's reworking of this ambitious canvas over the course of more than 20 years is visible to the naked eye. According to the artist's biographer and close friend, Alfred Robaut, Corot reworked the painting after it was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1853 and then once again in preparation for the Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) of 1867. In 1871, he donated the painting to a lottery to raise funds for the orphans of the Franco-Prussian War. The artist finally filled in the upper corners of the composition in 1873.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Technical Reportx-ray
11/27/1970Treatmentcoated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
3/09/1979Examinationexamined for condition
1/11/1982Examinationexamined for condition.
7/01/1992Examinationexamined for condition
7/31/1992Treatmentinpainted
8/18/1992Examinationexamined for condition
3/03/1995Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1996Technical Reportexamined for technical study
2/20/1996Treatmentcoated; inpainted; other; re-framed; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
Exhibitions
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • Corot. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1996-1997.
  • Camille Corot. 2012-2013.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance "Loterie au profit des Orphelins des victims de la guerre," 1871, by gift [donation by the artist]; Alfred Robaut and Durand-Ruel, 1871, by purchase; Samuel Barlow, Stakehill, Lancashire, 1825-1893 [mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, August 11, 1883, by purchase [Tom Wallis, London, as agent; see Lucas diaries]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In yellowish brown on bottom left: COROT
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1883

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Period
1851-1873
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.192
Measurements
H: 101 1/2 x W: 66 1/8 in. (257.81 x 168 cm); Framed H: 111 1/2 x W: 76 x D: 4 3/4 in. (283.21 x 193.04 x 12.07 cm)

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