Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian

1620s or later

cast after a model probably by Georg Petel

(German, c. 1601-c. 1634)


Overall: 53.3 x 20.3 x 16.5 cm (21 x 8 x 6 1/2 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.585


This composition is the subject of an ongoing attribution debate. The design is adapted from a painting by Adam Elsheimer, a German artist working Rome. This sculptural model exists in many versions; however, they vary considerably in their execution, complicating the identification, because they were clearly not made by a single sculptor or workshop. However, Georg Petel probably first created the design as he traveled across Italy in 1620–24, where his portrait was painted holding this composition.

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