Saint Sebastian. Oil painting by Santa Cruz.

Credit: Wellcome Collection

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Saint Sebastian, depicted as a young man with a halo, wearing a white loincloth. His hands and feet are tied to the trunk of a tree. Fourteen arrows are fixed in his body. Eight of them were at one time painted over, leaving only six visible: the overpainted arrows were revealed when the painting was cleaned in 1966. A comparable change occurred in a painting of Saints Fabian and Sebastian by Giovanni di Paolo in the National Gallery, London, in which six arrows were visible in Saint Sebastian's body before cleaning, and twenty after cleaning (D. Bomford and J. Kirby, 'Giovanni di Paolo's "SS. Fabian and Sebastian"' National Gallery Technical bulletin, 1978, 2: 56-65)

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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 99.5 x 46 cm (painted area) 111 x 46 cm (wood), 135 x 57 cm (including integral frame)

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Saint Sebastian. Oil painting by Santa Cruz..{' '} Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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