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Drawing - The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    17th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ribera, Jusepe de (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawn with the pen

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 27, box A

Physical description

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian; Not showing the ordinary treatment of the subject, the Saint being tied to a tree above the heads of his executioners, who shoot at him from below; Drawn with the pen.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)


17th century (drawn)


Ribera, Jusepe de (artist)

Materials and Techniques

drawn with the pen


Height: 195 mm sheet, Width: 253 mm sheet, Height: 244 mm card with washlines, Width: 294 mm card with washlines

Descriptive line

Ribera, Jusepe de (Lo Spagnoletto); The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian; The Saint tied to a tree above the heads of his executioners, who shoot at him from below; Drawn with the pen; Spanish School; 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, p.78 , cat. n. 792, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

RIBERA, GIUSEPPE known as Lo Spagnoletto (1590-1652)
The martyrdom of St Sebastian
Pen and ink
5 5/8 x 10 (143 x 254) Dyce 610
PROVENANCE Dyce Bequest 1869 LITERATURE W. Vitzthum, Cento disegni napoletani (exhibition catalogue), Florence, Uffizi, 1967, p. 26; the same I disegni dei maestri: Il barocco a Napoli e nell'Italia meridionale, Milan, 1970, fig. 12; J. Brown, 'Notes on Princeton drawings 6: ]usepe de Ribera' in Record of the Art Museum Princeton University, 31, no. 2, 1972, p. 2 and pl. 5; the same Jusepe de Ribera. Prints and drawings (exhibition catalogue), Princeton and Harvard Universities, 1973-74, no. 12; pl. 39
Vitzthum, followed by Brown, dated the drawing C.1626-30. See the note on no. 791.


Paper; Pen


Drawing (image-making)

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