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)

Josse Lieferinxe, French, documented 1493 - 1505/8

Made in Marseille, France, Europe

c. 1497

Oil on panel

32 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches (82.5 x 55.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 206, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 768

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Sebastian, 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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