St Sebastian Succoured by Two Angels by Guercino

This work belongs to Guercino's pioneering early works which show a fresh spontaneity.


Oil on copper
43 x 32 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £400,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Simon Dickinson Ltd

There is also a painting of this subject in the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin. It has become evident that this work must be the prime original and the Berlin work is a respectable workshop copy. It is also thought that the body of the saint in this painting could well reflect Guercino's studies from the living nude made in the Casa Fabri (Professor David Stone). This work was acquired with the help of the Art Fund grant and an additional donation of £10,000 from Sir Denis Mahon, made through the Art Fund.


Possibly Sebastiano Fabri, Cento; probably John Humble; William Hastings; James Morrison; by descent to the Basildon Pictures Settlement at Sudeley Castle; with Siman Dickinson Ltd, London.

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Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900

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