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St Sebastian before Diocletian

Author: Paolo Caliari known as il Veronese
Century: XVI°
DATE: 1558  POSITION: right wall  METHOD: fresco

During the Spring of 1558, Veronese started the decoaration of the church: the work proceeded very quickly and the setup of the frescos was complete in September of the same year.

On the higher part of the walls a continuous embellishment runs along the portico and winds around the spiral columns, interrupted only for the presbytery arch.

Going towards the opposite side of the façade, near the monks barco, the colonnade houses the Stories of Saint Sebastian.

The scene of Saint Sebastian before the Diocletian refers to the time when the holy martyr, having been healed after the first attempt of martyrdom with arrows, presents himself again Emperor to chastise him; Diocletian, at that point furious, orders the flagellation. After his death, according to the legend, the saint's corpse was thrown in the Cloaca Maxima, where he was recovered to be buried in the so-called Saint Sebastian catacombs.
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