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Artist Name:

Giovanni Minelli

Nationality & Life Dates:

Italian, 1440 – 1528


Saint Sebastian


ca. 1485-1490




43 x 12 x 9 1/2 inches

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Purchase in honor of Olivia Holt, President of the Members Guild, 2004-2005, through exchange with funds from the Friends of Art, and through prior acquisitions from Mr. and Mrs. George Levin, Henry B. Scott Fund, and the Friends of Art in memory of Florence Hand Hinman

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On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
Boldly modeled, highly emotional, and rigorously naturalistic, Minelli’s terracottas capture the dynamic spirit of the early Renaissance. In Saint Sebastian, Minelli demonstrates an impressive understanding of human anatomy and psychology, an interest that he shared with many of his contemporaries in Venice and Florence. The saint’s bones, muscles, and sinews pulsate with energy, expressing the human pain and suffering Sebastian endured as he was shot with countless arrows. Unlike earlier images, which showed Sebastian as calm and passive, Minelli’s sculpture calls out for sympathy and compassion.

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