(b. 1450, Citta della Pieve, d. 1523, Perugia)

St Sebastian

c. 1495
Wood, 170 x 117 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Perugino like other artists reused, but perhaps more persistently than many, his own inventions and figural types. This Saint Sebastian is closely related to that in the Uffizi altarpiece. Now, however, Sebastian is the centre of attention, while a delicate landscape has been included, another specialty of the artist. The expressions of Perugino's religious figures can border on the saccharine but he renders them with a delicacy matched by few of his contemporaries.