Giorgio Dante, 2011
oil on canvas
Martin Schongauer - Saint Sebastian. N.d., between 1470 and 1490
Sketch commission for whoreofabaddon . Edited in grayscale, original photo, and a pencil added for size comparison.
(WoA, If you send me a message I can email the files directly to you, since the way tumblr has it set up it won’t allow you to see them in a larger size)
Giacchino Assereto, St. Sebastian Tended by St. Irene
My Rector, who is simplifying his belongings as he prepares to retire, recently gifted me a lovely Della Robbia style plaque depicting St Sebastian. The plaque, which stands about 18” tall, has an especially interesting provenance. It was given to Fr. Reid many years ago by his close friend Canon Colin Stephenson, author of Merrily on High and Walsingham Way, as well as successor to Fr. Alfred Hope Patten as administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Canon Stephenson was himself given the plaque by the prominant Anglo-Catholic layman Samuel Gurney. Gurney was for many years a director of the Medici Society and with Fr. (later Monsignor) Ronald Knox, one of the founders of the Society of SS Peter and Paul, publishers of the Anglican Missal among other Ritualist and Anglo-Papalist projects. Gurney, mentioned above in the poem by John Betjeman, despite his love and dedication for the Holy See, never (unlike his friend Knox) “poped” and died at the age of 83, July 6th 1968, a member of the Church of England.
Lovely, what a special piece to have and treasure. I’ve often worshiped at Mr. Gurney’s home parish of St. Swithun’s in Compton Beauchamp. Chapter four of Michael Yelton’s interesting book, Outposts of the Faith: Anglo-Catholicism in Some Rural Parishes, is primarily about St. Swithun’s and Sam Gurney’s impact there.
Joachim Wtewael - The Martyrdom of St Sebastian (1600)
Artists’ depictions of the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
as compiled in Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness
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Saint Sebastian, circa 1650
Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615-1673)