BRONZINO, Agnolo
(b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze)

St Sebastian

1525-28
Oil on panel, 87 x 77 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

St Sebastian here is portrayed not bleeding from his wounds, but more in the manner of a god of classical mythology or a young, slender Apollo. He is identified by the arrow which he holds in his hand and by the second arrow which cleanly penetrates his side without drawing blood.