L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Monday, June 16, 2014

Saint Sébastien, by Alcide-Joseph Lorentz

Saint Sebastian is one of the most frequently depicted religious/mythological subjects in classical painting - really makes you wonder, doesn't it?  In fact, arrow-riddled, alluringly nekkid Sebastians are so common, that they all start to run together after a while.  But I rather like this one.  Not actually terribly attractive, he looks like a real person, someone who might might make the supreme sacrifice for his beliefs.  The detail of his scattered Centurion's armor and clothing is great, and I love the bleak landscape, especially the toxic sky and the sunset/sunrise's creeping acid light.


Alcide-Joseph Lorentz (1813-1891?), French painter and lithographer.  He exhibited at the Salon from 1841 to 1850 as a history painter, but is perhaps better remembered as a cartoonist for Parisian periodicals.  (Sadly, I was only able to find this tiny bit of information on the painter.  And only from one source.)

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