Paris Bordone

Madonna and Child with Saint Sebastian

Madonna and Child with Saint Sebastian by Paris Bordone

Artwork Detail

The Virgin and Child exhibits a similar intimacy in scale to Giorgione's work, and would have been a domestic commission for private devotion. The painting is a type of sacra conversazione, the term given for the depiction of saints alongside the Virgin and Child. St Sebastian was believed to protect against disease, particularly the plague, while the Madonna and Child represent the protection of the Church in all its aspects.

Madonna and Child with Saint Sebastian
Paris Bordone
Production date
circa 1518
oil on panel
426 x 423 x 70 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1960
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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