Master Arnt - The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian

Master Arnt  The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian

This remarkable St Sebastian was made at the end of the 15th century in Kalkar (North Rhineland). Its sculptor was a certain Master Arnt. Sebastian's pose is elegant. His legs seem to be executing a dance movement, forming a sharp contrast to the cruel torture he is being subjected to: Sebastian has been tied up and is being pierced with arrows. Artists found St Sebastian a rewarding subject, as his punishment offered them an opportunity to depict a male nude.For another example of medieval sculpture and the origins of this collection, see the Virgin and Child.


H: 125 cm




End of 15th century