ART SCAN #12 of 75
1457-1459. Tempera on panel.
140cm x 255cm
St. Sebastian is the subject of three painting by the Italian Early Renaissance Master Andrea Mategna. The Paduan artist lived in a period of frequent plagues. Sebastian was considered protector against the plague as having been shot through by arrows, and it was thought that the plague spread abroad through the air.
In his long stay in Mantua, furthermore, Mantegna resided near the San Sebastiano church dedicated to St. Sebastian.