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Saint Sebastian

Sandro Botticelli • Painting, 1474, 195×75 cm
About the artwork
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Landscape, Portrait, Religious scene
Style of art: Renaissance
Technique: Tempera
Materials: Wood
Date of creation: 1474
Size: 195×75 cm
Artwork in selections: 24 selections

Description of the artwork «Saint Sebastian»

Sandro Botticelli – famous Renaissance master, who devoted their works mainly to paintings on spiritual themes. Painting Botticelli's "St. Sebastian," written, as I believe, in 1473, is one of the best works that came from under the brush of the painter. The first time her demonstration to the public was held in 1474 when the painting was exhibited in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. The pattern dimensions are 195*75 cm

Great picture of Botticelli's "St. Sebastian" written for one of the oldest Florentine churches. In 1474, January 20, during the celebration of the day of St. Sebastian, the canvas was placed on one of the pillars of the Florentine Church. This work became the first officially witnessed by the work of a great artist who preferred to create the magnificent paintings on religious themes.

In the painting by Botticelli "Saint Sebastian"shows a young man who lived in the 3 century BC, who, according to legend, he commanded the Praetorian guard. This man from a noble family believed in Christ, for which he was sentenced to death by Emperor Diocletian, known for his persecution of early Christians. He was tied to a pole, and the Legionnaires sent him with 1000 arrows. After the execution of a wounded young man left for dead.

The mother of one of the murdered Christians were treating him, urging to leave the city. However, despite the experience, the young man continues to speak out about their faith, speaking in front of the Palace of Diocletian and protecting convicted Christians. For this the Emperor re-orders the execution of a Martyr. Brothers in Christ find his wounded body and buried near the graves of the apostles Peter and Paul.

Later the Catholic Church canonized Sebastian. In the V century on the place of martyrdom was built a temple. Earlier to this Saint and asked for help people infected with the plague, he was considered their patron of soldiers, archers, potters.

Usually, Sebastian was usually depicted as a young man tied to a post and pierced with many arrows. In the picture of Botticelli's "Saint Sebastian" it is noticeable that the author somewhat lengthened body proportions. Silhouette of a young man, his location, even the tree trunk to which it is bound, almost exactly duplicate the work of pollaiuolo; however, there Sebastian is surrounded by Legionnaires, to shoot him, the hero suffers: his legs are trembling, the back is in a spasm of bending, and the face turned to the sky. The figure of Sandro Botticelli, on the contrary, shows an utter indifference to the world, even hands that are tied behind, are seen more as a sign of reflection, and that sort of expression etched on his face, with slightly raised as if in surprise and sorrow eyebrows. The painter does not boast of his character, but rather mourn forever ruined beauty.