MS M.399, fol. 289v

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Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)

Ghent, Belgium
ca. 1515
172 x 125 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910

MS M.399, fol. 289v

Sebastian of Rome: Scene, Torture—A nimbed Sebastian wearing a short loin cloth, stands with his back against tree and his hands and feet bound with a rope to the tree. He has three arrows in his chest and abdomen, shot by two torturers, one wearing a hat and armed with bows and arrows. Behind them are two onlookers wearing hats. In the background to the left, a group of figures, some carrying spears, gathers outside of city gates.
The scene is framed by a border decorated with foliate ornament, including thistles, with pearls around the edges.


Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.