Boy with Arrow

around 1505, Artist: Giorgio da Castelfranco, gen. Giorgione



Boy with Arrow

This half-length portrait of an idealised young man with luxuriant curls and an arrow in his right hand is hard to interpret: while the arrow suggests Eros, it may also represent an idealised portrait of the „handsome“ St. Sebastian with his attribute. The soft sfumato and the delicate colours shining from out of the dark background heighten the poetic charm of his rapturous expression and turn the picture into an icon of youthful beauty.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 4

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian


around 1505


Giorgio da Castelfranco, gen. Giorgione (um 1477 Castelfranco - 1510 Venedig) - GND


Poplar wood


Overall: 48 cm × 41,8 cm
Framed: 62 cm × 56,5 cm × 6 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 323


1663 from Innsbruck to Ambras; 1773 to Vienna

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