London, South Kensington
31 October 2007
Circle of Andrea d'Angiolo, called Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486-1530)
Saint Sebastian with an arrow in his right hand and the martyr's palm in his left
oil on panel
34 x 25 in. (86.4 x 63.5 cm.)
with E. Slater, Old Bond Street; Christie's, London, 18 March 1955, lot 76 (50 gns. to Dent).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 6 April 1984, lot 2.
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S. Freedberg, Andrea del Sarto, II, Cambridge, Mass., 1963 p.194.
J. Shearman, Andrea del Sarto, II, Oxford, 1965, p.286.
The present work is one of many copies after the lost 'Saint Sebastian' by del Sarto, of which, on the basis of a photograph, Professor Freedberg, in a letter of 1981, wrote that it is 'at least tentatively necessary to conclude that this is an excellent stuido painting, I think, most likely produced during the last years of Sarto's life or very shortly afterwards by an assistant or close follower'.
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