Inventory number
P07186
Author
El Greco
Title
Saint Sebastian's Legs
Chronology
1610-1614
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
91 cm x 115 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Collection of Millán Delgado, 1962; acquisition by Adolfo Arenaza, 1972; acquisition by José Osinalde Peñagaricano; acquisition, 1987

San Sebastian was a third-century Roman officer under Emperor Diocletian. The latter ordered his execution for professing the Christian faith. Despite being shot with numerous arrows, San Sebastian didn't die at that time, and continued to defend Christianity. The very low viewpoint presents a highly elongated body and directs the viewer's eyes towards the top, while the background offers a view of the city of Toledo. This work from the artist's final period has very subtle brushstrokes that facilitate the transitions between light and shadow.

This canvas is fragmented (P03002, P07186) but the moment when it was cut and the reasons for such mutilation are unknown.

 
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