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Sebastian

Sandro Botticelli

Sebastian

Sandro Botticelli
  • Date: c.1473
  • Style: Early Renaissance
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: tempera
  • Tag: Christianity, saints-and-apostles, St.-Augustine
  • Dimensions: 195 x 75 cm
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St. Sebastian is a painting of the eponymous Christian saint by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, executed in 1474 for the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence. It is housed in the Staatliche Museen of Berlin.

Kenneth Clark considered this picture remarkable for its closeness to the spirit of harmonious repose found in classical sculpture:

Rainer Maria Rilke's poem "Sankt Sebastian" (in Neue Gedichte, 1907) seems to have a close correspondence in description and mood to Botticelli's painting, as Rilke's translator J.B. Leishman and Jane Davidson Reid have observed.

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