TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

St Sebastian

c. 1575
Oil on canvas, 212 x 116 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This painting is a masterpiece of painterly skill which reaches heights of virtuosity in the exceptional landscape background. It is probably one of the last paintings of Titian. After his death it remained in his workshop; later it was acquired by the Barbarigo family.