Sebastian was a Christian saint persecuted by being shot with arrows. This panel was originally the left wing of a triptych; a painting of St. Lawrence, now lost, can be identified as its pendant. Bacchiacca was strongly influenced by Perugino, Franciabigio and Fra Bartolommeo, three artists whose works are represented in the Museum collection. His gifted use of color is evident in the lovely shifting of hues in the loincloth, the minutely rendered violet iris, and the cool bluish tints of the landscape.
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- Titles Saint Sebastian (Proper)
- Artist Francesco d'Ubertino Verdi, called Bacchiacca, Italy, Florentine, 1494 - 1557
- Medium oil on panel
- Dimensions 51 3/4 x 21 3/4 in. (131.5 x 55.2 cm) frame: 59 3/8 × 29 7/8 × 3 1/2 in. (150.8 × 75.9 × 8.9 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by the Members of the Birmingham Museum of Art, AFI.7.2001
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Provenance M. Roy Fisher, Fine Arts Inc., New York. Galleria Silvano Lodi Jr., Milan in 1997. Sotheby's New York, 25 January 2001, lot 59; the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art