Saint Sebastian – Titian Vecellio

Saint Sebastian – Titian Vecellio
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  • Posted by Titian Vecellio
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: Around 1570

Overview of the painting :

Saint Sebastian – Titian Vecellio. Around 1570. Oil on canvas. 210×115.5

   Most of the works of the great Venetian artist of the 16th century Titian (1488 / 1490-1576), stored in the Hermitage, belong to the late period of the master’s work. His talent over the years did not fade, but acquired a new depth and improvement of performance.

   “Saint Sebastian” is one of the best works of a painter. Titianovsky Sebastian is a proud Christian martyr who, according to legend, was shot from onions by order of Emperor Diocletian for refusing to bow to pagan idols. Sebastian’s powerful body is the embodiment of strength and disobedience, his gaze expresses not physical torment, but a proud challenge to the tormentors. Titian achieved a unique effect of flickering color not only with the help of a color palette, but also using the texture of paints, the relief of strokes. According to contemporaries, in the late years, Titian wrote not only with his brush, but also with his fingers, sculpted, creating from a combination of light, shadow and tonal transitions that living impression of the paintings that so delighted the audience.