"Very Large Drawing Representing Saint-sébastien Martyr, Around 1790."
Very large drawing (1.34m high, in three sheets together), representing the martyr of Saint Sebastian. Holy Roman martyr, career soldier, born in Narbo, in Gaul, in the 3rd c. He was executed during the persecution of Diocletian for having supported his co-religionists in their faith, and performed several miracles. He was tied to a pole and pierced with arrows, but having miraculously survived, he was killed with rods. Third patron of Rome, with Peter and Paul, he is also patron of the infantry archers, and of the policemen of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. It is also invoked to fight against plague and epidemics in general. Black chalk heightened with white chalk. Illegible inscriptions at the top right. Good condition. France or Italy, circa 1790.