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JCook SAINT SEBASTIAN CURED BY IRENE SAINT SEBASTIAN CURED BY IRENE is a Baroque painting painted by Luca Giordano. Luca painted this painting in 1665 over his previous work CHRIST AMONG THE DOCTORS. This painting is an oil on canvas and was painted in Naples Italy. SAINT SEBASTIAN CURED BY IRENE is currently located at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Sebastian, a Roman soldier turned Christian, was stripped and shot with arrows for shielding Christian martyrs in defiance of the Emperor. Sebastian is shown here in this painting under the care of Saint Irene, who miraculously removed the arrows and healed his wounds. Sebastian’s triumph over his affliction led him to become the saint who is invoked against dangers like the plague. He is often portrayed in paintings from Naples after the city’s plague of 1656. It should also be mentioned that St. Irene is the patron saint of the nurses. In this painting, Luca Giordano uses color, light, expressions and darkness to convey how serious Saint Sebastian’s affliction was while he was being treated by Saint Irene.
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