The painting, recognized by the world art community as a masterpiece of Pietro Perugno, is such mainly due to its unique composition, although the image of St. Sebastian is conveyed quite canonically for that era. The huge arch, serving as the background of the picture, allows you to visually stretch the image, give Sebastian a truly gigantic size.
The crystalline purity of the air, the silence of the celestial heavens, the peace and tranquility prevailing against the backdrop of unfolding tragedy create a unique image of the Saint, his face also does not express any suffering, full of hope, pure reverence, Sebastian’s look is meekly directed to heaven. The arrows pierced into the skin of the righteous do not hurt him, already half a way to Paradise, Sebastian ceases to feel a physical connection with the mortal earth, his pure gaze is directed to the place where there is neither pain nor suffering.
As a Roman warrior, Sebastian served in the personal imperial guard, but was executed for his steady faith in Christ. Other artists who painted St. Sebastian, sentenced to death by execution, were attracted by the opportunity to portray the beauty of the human body. However, it is Pietro Perugino who is best at doing this remoteness.
The famous Italian painter of the early Renaissance was highly appreciated for his work, Perugino was a teacher of Raphael, a man who creates unique proportions and perspectives, who at the same time did not depart from the canons of classical painting.
Monumental painting brought the artist first glory, and his frescoes, almost not preserved to this day, are also considered an integral part of the artistic heritage of mankind. Pietro Perugino, like many other prominent artists of that era, was invited by the Pope to paint the Sistine Chapel.
Composition By Picture by Nikolai Bogdanov Belsky Children