Saint Sebastian (Bernini)

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Saint Sebastian
St Sebastian (Gianlorenzo Bernini).JPG
ArtistGian Lorenzo Bernini
Year1617–18 (1617–18)
SubjectSaint Sebastian
LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Carmen Cervera collection), Madrid
CoordinatesCoordinates: 40°24′58″N 3°41′42″W / 40.41611°N 3.69500°W / 40.41611; -3.69500

Saint Sebastian is an early sculpture by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Executed in 1617 and 1618, it features the Christian martyr Saint Sebastian pinned to a tree, his flesh filled with arrows. It is smaller than life size. The sculpture is part of the Carmen Cervera's private collection and is currently shown in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.[1]


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