European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
Panel from the altarpiece of the Saint Sebastian chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Accoules, Marseilles, done in collaboration with Bernardino Simondi (Italian, died 1498); companion to Cat. 765--767 and panels in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (37.1995); the Hermitage, St. Petersburg (inv. no. 6745); the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome (no. 1590); and possibly the Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp (5037)Made in Marseille, France, Europe
Josse Lieferinxe, French, documented 1493 - 1505/8
Oil on panel
Cat. 768John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelSebastian, head of the Roman troops under the last pagan emperors, converted to Christianity about 283. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance his name was invoked against disease, particularly the bubonic plague, because he had survived the torture of the emperor's archers.
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