St. Sebastian At The Tree (1501) by Albrecht Durer

St. Sebastian At The Tree - Albrecht Durer - 1501

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Sebastian At The Tree
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About St. Sebastian At The Tree

“St. Sebastian at the Tree” is an engraving created by Albrecht Dürer in 1501, during the Northern Renaissance. This piece of religious art is currently held in a private collection. The artwork vividly portrays St. Sebastian, a Christian saint and martyr, who was tied to a tree and executed by archers, as evident from the arrows that pierce his body.

The depiction shows St. Sebastian bound firmly to a twisted tree trunk, with multiple arrows penetrating his flesh. His positioning is striking, leaning to one side with his weight supported by his bound hands, suggesting both his suffering and the grace with which he endures it. Sebastian’s musculature is intricately detailed, showcasing Dürer’s skill in anatomical representation and reflecting the Northern Renaissance fascination with the natural human form. Despite the brutal scene, Sebastian’s face carries a calm, almost serene expression, looking upward perhaps in supplication or divine communion. The monogram of Albrecht Dürer is visible on the right side of the engraving, serving as the artist’s signature. Overall, the work is a testament to Dürer’s mastery in engraving and his ability to convey complex narratives and emotions through this medium.

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