Sunday, November 02, 2008

Matteo Civitali

Matteo Civitali
San Sebastian
Washington, National Gallery of Art

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Florentine Wall Shrine

A friend kindly sent a photo of this wall shrine from Florence where he was on holiday.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Saint Sebastian for Sale

Ebay: renowned as the place where it is possible to sell almost anything. So why not sell a Saint. Below some recent examples of St Sebastian for sale by internet auction...

Modern holy medal of St Sebastian

failed to sell for $0.01
19th Century religious medal of St Sebastian
SOLD for $24.99

18th Century wooden carving of St Sebastian

SOLD for $350
19th Century Oil of Saint Sebastian after Mattia Preti
SOLD for just over $2,000

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Agnes of Sorrento

Stowe, Harriet Beecher.
Agnes of Sorrento.
Ticknor & Fields, Boston, 1862

Maria Rilker Rainer

stands like someone lying down,
propped up by his own huge will.
Off somewhere else, like mothers when they nurse,
and bound in himself like a wreath.

And the arrows arrive: now, and now,
as if they sprang out of his thighs,
iron and trembling at the ends.
And still he smiles darkly, he’s not hurt.

Just once a sadness suddenly looms large,
and his eyes grow naked with pain
until they deny something, not worth the trouble,
filling with scorn as they come to relinquish
those who would kill a beautiful thing.


Sankt Sebastian

Wie ein Liegender so steht er; ganz
hingehalten von dem großen Willen.
Weitentrückt wie Mütter, wenn sie stillen,
und in sich gebunden wie ein Kranz.

Und die Pfeile kommen: jetzt
und jetztund als sprängen sie aus seinen Lenden,
eisern bebend mit den freien Enden.
Doch er lächelt dunkel, unverletzt.

Einmal nur wird seine Trauer groß,
und die Augen liegen schmerzlich bloß,
bis sie etwas leugnen, wie Geringes,
und als ließen sie verächtlich los
die Vernichter eines schönen Dinges.


Monday, January 15, 2007

Will McBride

St Sebastian
Berlin 2004
oil on canvas, 80x100 cm
Thanks to Nicolas for reminding me of this one.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Rodenbach Beer

Advertising Campaign

Hendrick Terbrugghen (1588-1629)

St Sebastian attended by Irene and her maid
Allen Art Museum, Ohio

Pietro Perugino

Hermitage, St Petersburg

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Lorenzo Costa

Tempera on wood, 55 x 49 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Antonio Redondo

15th Century Italian Woodcut

Bibliotheque National, Paris. c. 1490