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Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Nicolas Dorigny Classical Art Prints
Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Nicolas Dorigny Classical Art Prints

Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien (The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian) c1699 by French Engraver Nicolas Dorigny (1652/58 – 1746) after a painting by Italian Baroque Painter Domenico Zampieri (1581 – 1641)

This engraving depicts the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, a Christian saint and martyr who is believed to have been killed during the Roman Empire for his faith.

The engraving is a powerful and moving representation of the saint’s suffering and faith and is rich in symbolism, as he has been tied by soldiers to a wooden pole as he looks toward the heavens in his suffering.

Above him is an angel carrying a crown the he is placing on his head, while GOD watches from heaven and child angels blow their horns.

In the foreground are men and women with children by his feet begging the Roman soldiers to let him go; as a soldier on horseback begins to trample them with his horse and prepares to strike them with a stick he holds in his hand; while other soldiers in the background threaten the population.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a rolled canvas print online.

About The Artsit

Nicolas Dorigny was born in Paris, France in 1652, but maybe as late as 1658 and began his studies under the French Portrait Painter and Engraver Pierre Daret (1604 – 1678); quickly gaining a reputation as a skilled engraver, which led to commissions from important patrons as well as the French royal family.

Nicolas artistic style was greatly influenced by the Baroque movement, which was very popular in Europe during the 17th century; and he became known for his detailed and realistic engravings that featured the strong contrast between light and dark, as well as the dramatic poses and expressions of the figures in his engravings.

He became a prominent figure due ti his technical skill and artistic merit; and had a strong focus on creating pieces based on classical myths, legends and Christian saints and martyrs, with “Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien” being his most famous work.

Though he was grounded in the classics and religion, Nicolas also created engravings of historical figures and portraits; and during his lifetime was a respected member of the French community; being elected to the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris in 1701, and two years later was appointed as the official engraver to the French royal court.

His influence in the art of engraving can be seen in the works of many artist that came after him, and in the works of the many students that he mentored during his career; with his work still being admired unto the present time.

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