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Saint Sebastian


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Description According to legend, Sebastian was a Roman soldier who refused to deny his Christian faith and worship the emperor as a god. In consequence, he was tied to a tree and shot with arrows. He survived but was then beaten to death. Sebastian's strained gesture with one arm extended presupposes the existence of a tree (now missing), probably also in wood. Even in its awkwardness, the saint's lean, wiry body appears to be based on observation of nature.
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Date Description Narrative
1/12/1962Treatmentcleaned
10/28/1987Examinationexamined for condition
10/28/1987Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1525-1540 (Renaissance)
Medium
boxwood
(Wood)
Accession Number
61.149
Measurements
16 1/8 in. (40.9 cm)
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