Saint Sebastian

Circle of Master of the Furies Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

The protector of plague victims and soldiers, Saint Sebastian was shot with arrows for converting Romans to Christianity. He is pictured here miraculously surviving his ordeal as an angel descends to bestow his laurel crown and release his wrists—still wrapped with rope—from the tree. Heightened by the pale ivory, the tears trickling from Sebastian’s eyes express his vulnerability. His righteous plight would have provoked compassion, but his naked body also allowed artists to explore the sensuality of the male form.

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Saint Sebastian, Circle of Master of the Furies (Austrian), Ivory; kingwood socle, Austrian, possibly Salzburg

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