Portrait of a Man as Saint Sebastian
- Netherlandish Artist
MediumOil paint on panel
Credit LineGift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
Netherlandish artist, Portrait of a Man as Saint Sebastian, About 1600. Oil paint on wood panel; 35 3/8 × 28 3/8 in, (89.7 × 72.2 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2021.33
Dimensionswindow height: 35.313 in, 89.6950 cm; window width: 28.438 in, 72.2325 cm; frame height: 50 3/8 in, 127.9525 cm; frame width: 44 in, 111.76 cm; frame depth: 6 in, 15.2400 cm
DepartmentEuropean and American Art Before 1900
CollectionEuropean Painting and Sculpture before 1900
Although England prohibited religious paintings after the founding of the Church of England in the 1530s, a person’s faith might still be expressed secretly, which is possibly the idea behind this picture. The sitter chose to be represented as the ancient Roman-era martyr Sebastian, who was executed for his Christian faith. Sebastian is traditionally depicted shot through with arrows, but here he is shown without wounds, his innocence conveyed by the openness of his sympathetic gaze.
Known ProvenanceBoughton Monchelsea Place, Kent (U.K.); Christie’s, South Kensington, January 21, 1998, lot 672; from which acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Berger; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2021. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.