Johann Heinrich Schönfeld* (1609-1683)
Sold by Order of the University Trustees of the WILLIAM ROCKHILL NELSON TRUST, Kansas City, Missouri
Johann Heinrich Schönfeld* (1609-1683)

Johann Heinrich Schönfeld* (1609-1683)

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

oil on canvas
39 7/8 x 30 3/4in. (101.3 x 75.4cm.)
Marion Gillerland, Kansas City.
with Anonymous II Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
Robert L. Bloch by whom given to the Nelson Gallery Foundation.

Lot Essay

Although the painting was not listed in the author's monograph on the artist, in letters written to the Nelson Atkins Museum, Pée has noted this work's close relationship to a slightly later painting of Saint Sebastian Condemned by Diocletian of circa 1650, in the collection of the Bayerischen Hypoteken und Wechsel-Bank, on loan to the Deutsche Barockgalerie, Augsburg. The artist returned to the theme of the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian in his altarpiece of Saints Sebastian and Roch of circa 1653 for the Cathedral in Salzburg (see Herbert Pée, Johann Heinrich Schönfeld. Die Gemälde, 1971, no. 70, fig. 78). Schönfeld also executed a lost painting of Sebastian's martyrdom known only through an engraving (ibid., no. NS20, fig. 199).