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Saint Sebastian

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Nicoletto da Modena
Italian, active c. 1500–c. 1520

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Nicoletto da Modena is best known for his idiosyncratic prints and engravings. His works are rendered in a style characterized by delicate cross-hatching and purity of line, with some similarity to the Ferrarese Tarocchi cards. Here the martyr Saint Sebastian is lashed rather serenely to a decorative column in a landscape setting with ancient ruins. Nicoletto often used a burr to produce the decorated surface effects, best seen in the darker areas of the ceiling architecture.


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Nicoletto da Modena


Saint Sebastian


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


14.9 × 10.3 cm (5 7/8 × 4 1/16 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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