The Head of St. Sebastian, by Francesco Albani (1578-1660).

Oil on canvas, 72.5cm by 60cm.

Inscribed on the reverse of the lining canvas: Albani/Pinxit.

Albani was born in Bologna, where he studied with the Flemish-born artist Denis Calvaert (1540-1619).

He was active in Bologna before moving to Rome where he became a principal assistant to Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), working on a series of fresco cycles in both private palazzi and religious buildings.

St. Sebastian was martyred in 288 during the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Diocletian.


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