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Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (fragment)  1614

by El Greco

The Prado’s [i]Saint Sebastian[/i] is an excellent example of El Greco’s understanding of the nude. Rather than imitating nature, he reworks it to produce an intellectual, self-consciously artificial version of it; his purpose is to create a scene that belongs in the world of the artist’s imagination and he is not primarily concerned with replicating viewers’ everyday expe...
201.5 x 111.5 cm
Oil on Canvas
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