MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

Marsyas/St Sebastian

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Gilded bronze, height 35 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

The sculpture of a naked man bound to a tree-trunk with both hands can have both a mythological and a religious meaning. Perhaps it was originally intended to be Marsyas and then reworked as St Sebastian. It is attributed to Andrea Mantegna who was described in contemporary sources as a painter, draughtsman, engraver and sculptor. Stylistically the statue matches Mantegna's work at the Gonzaga court in Mantua.




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