Saint Sebastian at the resurrection altin Brescia (1520) by Titian

Saint Sebastian at the resurrection altin Brescia - Titian - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleSaint Sebastian at the resurrection altin Brescia
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Saint Sebastian at the resurrection altin Brescia

The artwork entitled “Saint Sebastian at the Resurrection Altar in Brescia” is a creation by the eminent artist Titian, dating back to circa 1520. As a masterpiece from the High Renaissance period, this religious painting exudes the prevalent characteristics of the era, with a focus on classical forms, balanced composition, and a vivid depiction of human anatomy. The piece is part of a private collection and contributes to the vast corpus of religious-themed art that was prominent at the time.

The artwork portrays Saint Sebastian, a Christian saint and martyr who was frequently depicted in Renaissance art. The figure of Saint Sebastian is presented with a notable emphasis on the musculature and sense of movement, which is characteristic of Titian’s adept skill in rendering the human form. The saint is depicted in a dynamic pose, with the tension in his body suggesting a moment of intense emotion or revelation.

Saint Sebastian is traditionally shown tied to a post and pierced with arrows—references to his martyrdom according to Christian tradition. In this particular artwork, the detailed sketch features expressive line work that defines the contours of the saint’s physique, conveying both his suffering and strength. The use of dramatic contrast between light and dark areas in the sketch enhances the three-dimensional quality of the form and injects the scene with a potent sense of drama.

The background is lightly indicated, not detracting from the central figure, thus ensuring Saint Sebastian remains the focal point of the composition. The mastery with which Titian has captured the interplay of light, shadow, and the anatomical accuracy of the human body stands as a testament to the ideals of beauty and harmonious proportion celebrated during the High Renaissance. This work’s inclusion in a private collection suggests its valued status as a significant artifact of cultural and historical importance.

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