Carlo Francesco Nuvolone - inv. 1055

Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1662)

Saint Sebastian
1650 c.
oil on copper  
6 x 5 cm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1055

not on display
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The Roman martyr saint is bound to a tree in an artificial pose, with his right hand behind his back and his left above his head. An arrow shot by his torturers has pierced his ribs. An ethereal landscape appears in the background, painted with great freshness despite the small dimensions.

This small oval in perfect condition was attributed to Carlo Francesco Nuvolone when it entered the Museum. While not finding much critical acclaim, this attribution has recently been questioned. However, it remains within the circle of Nuvolone’s workshop and is datable to the mid 17th century.