Saint Sebastian in polychrome wood early 17th century

Saint Sebastian in polychrome wood early 17th century


Our Saint Sebastian is carved on a wooden panel in the shape of a cross, with incredible dexterity and finesse.
He is depicted according to the classical iconography of the Renaissance.

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Saint Sebastian is as famous as Saint Martin.
An officer in the Roman army in the 3rd century, he converted to Christianity.

Under Diocletian, Saint Sebastian was denounced and sentenced to death.
Tied to a post in the middle of the Field of March, he was pierced with arrows and left for dead.

A widow retrieves his body and nurses him back to health. Healed from his wounds, Sebastian returns to the palace and proclaims his faith before the emperor. He is then beaten and thrown into the sewers so as not to be found and venerated.

The most widespread iconography is that of the Renaissance, Sebastian tied to a post or a tree, half naked, pierced with arrows or just with the stigmata of his wounds.
His wounds are often compared to those of Christ.