Friday, June 19, 2015

RELIGIOUS ART - 16th Century Carvings from the Bible! - Saint Sebastian

St. Sebastian carved basswood rondebosse Standing, slender canon, the young saint is leaning against a tree stripped, one arm raised, the other from behind a ranch; hair with wavy locks falling on the top of the shoulders; loincloth tied down with fall on the right hip; fixing ring back. 

Saint Sebastian (died c. 288) was an early Christian saint and martyr. He was killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows. Despite this being the most common artistic depiction of Sebastian, he was, according to legend, rescued and healed by Irene of Rome. Shortly afterwards he criticized Diocletian in person and as a result was clubbed to death.[1] He is venerated in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

Southern Germany, Ulm, around 1500/1510 H 60.4 cm