The Getty: Andrea Mantegna, St. Sebastian (c. 1456 – 1459), tempera on panel, 30 x 68 cm.

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transistoradio: Andrea Mantegna, St. Sebastian (c. 1456 – 1459), tempera on panel, 30 x 68 cm. Collection of Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The twice-martyred St. Sebastian is depicted in our new manuscripts exhibition Miracles and Martyrs as calmly accepting his fate (even while punctured by 8 arrows). Compared to Mantegna’s famed rendition, which emanates human pain and suffering, this medieval Sebastian seems totally unfazed.

The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, about 1466-1470, Master of Jacques of Luxembourg.The J. Paul Getty Museum

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