Title

Sexual Healing: Saint Sebastian During the Plague

Presenting Author Name/s

Heather Thurston

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Muraoka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

Saint Sebastian’s cult flourished shortly after the plague outbreaks that shook Europe in the fourteenth century. Questions abound regarding Sebastian’s plague imagery: why did he become so popular, and more importantly, why is he portrayed in such an erotic way? This paper argues that the fetishization of Sebastian during the Italian Renaissance can be explained by examining his suffering during his life, his defeat of death and passionate martyrdom, and his relation to both Apollo and Christ himself.

Session Title

Art History 3

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1310

Start Date

2-2-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 12:30 PM

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Sexual Healing: Saint Sebastian During the Plague

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1310

Saint Sebastian’s cult flourished shortly after the plague outbreaks that shook Europe in the fourteenth century. Questions abound regarding Sebastian’s plague imagery: why did he become so popular, and more importantly, why is he portrayed in such an erotic way? This paper argues that the fetishization of Sebastian during the Italian Renaissance can be explained by examining his suffering during his life, his defeat of death and passionate martyrdom, and his relation to both Apollo and Christ himself.