Carlo Crivelli’s Crowning of the Virgin
Carlo Crivelli’s Crowning of the Virgin includes several saints with Saint George, a very significant saint in art, among them. Of interest here, though, is the partial figure of Saint Sebastian at the far right, silently watching.
Normally Saint Sebastian is pierced by arrows but here he just holds one as his own identifying attribute. He is an alter ego of the artist at the edge of the canvas, seemingly separate from the rest of the scene. He holds the arrow, though, not as an archer would but as a painter might hold his brush. And in holding the arrow (or "brush") that pierced his own body, he is a very appropriate embodiment of the idea that ‘every painter paints himself.’
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