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Provenance: Joseph Green Cogswell; Mortimer Leo Schiff; Moore S. Achenbach;
Cogswell no.252 , Hellman no. 187, repr. pl. LVIII, as “A Martyr” by Giuseppe Ribera (George S. Hellman, Original Drawings by the Old Masters: The Collection formed by Joseph Green Cogswell, 1786-1871, New York: privately published, 1915);
From old mat and file: Unidentified notes on old mat suggested attribution to Herrera the elder and 17th century school of Seville;
Jonathan Brown (Princeton) (letter in file of 19 April 1973): Affirms Ribera attribution. and notes copies in the Victoria and Albert, London, and “ex-Este Gallery, New York”;
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
University Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara: Regional Styles of Drawing in Italy: 1600 - 1700, 1977. Cat ed. Prof. Alfred Moir, Cat, #16, p. 34, repr. p. 35, entry by Catherine Rock suggesting very early date contemporary with Ribera's earliest prints (B.2).
full length view, seen from the side, of a barefoot, loin cloth clad male figure (St. Sebastian), with his raised arms tied to tree trunk and branch
Nude, aside from loin cloth; unconscious figure collapsing except that each ear is bound to a low branch of a fork in a tree.
A man dressed only in a scanty loincloth hangs from a tree trunk from his bound wrists.