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Saint Sebastian

Liberale da Verona

The panel, which was executed around 1490 for the church of San Domenico in Ancona, has an unusual iconography that sets the martyrdom of the saint, represented in the traditional way bound to a tree and pierced by arrows, against the backdrop of a Venetian canal with gondolas.

The background reflects a passion for narrative on the part of the artist, who had worked as an illuminator in Central Italy and developed an intense interest in lively descriptions and forthright and expressionistic graphic solutions. The figure of the saint, on the other hand, is characterized by a solemn monumentality that alludes to the painting of the same subject by Antonello da Messina (now in Dresden), from which the detail of the foreshortened column is also derived.

Download hi-res image TITLE Saint Sebastian
AUTHOR Liberale da Verona
DATE 1495-1500 circa
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on panel
DIMENSIONS cm 198 × 95
INVENTORY 263
ROOM VI
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