Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

dated 1655, Artist: Meister der Sebastiansmartyrien



Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

The Roman officer Sebastian was martyred for his Christian faith; he was first shot with arrows, and later beaten and thrown into Rome’s sewer. The relief, made from ten ivory plates, shows these events in great detail, full expressivity, and drastic realism, in part with plastic figures sculpted nearly in the round.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XX

Object data

Object Name

relief; ivory carving




dated 1655


Meister der Sebastiansmartyrien (tätig in Wien um 1655) - GND




H. 54,3 cm, B. 80,4 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 3654

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