Saint Sebastian, Saint Anthony, and Saint Roch

A work made of engraving in black on buff laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on buff laid paper.

Date:

1550/55

Artist:

Jean Duvet
French, 1485-after 1561

About this artwork

There are few impressions of this rare, unfinished engraving by Jean Duvet, a metalworker in Dijon and Langres who served as royal goldsmith to both François I and Henri II. The artist likely made this depiction of the three patron saints of the plague to offer hope during a pandemic sweeping eastern France. In the center forefront Saint Sebastian, usually portrayed with multiple lacerations from arrows, is shown without visible wounds. Saint Roch, on the right with the dog that rescued him offering bread, lifts his tunic to show the buboes on his thigh are gone. Saint Anthony died from ergotism, a sickness with gangrene-like symptoms that blackens the skin and is now commonly called Saint Anthony’s fire. Here he is shown healthy and holding a book and bell.

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Artist

Jean Duvet

Title

Saint Sebastian, Saint Anthony, and Saint Roch

Origin

France

Date

1550–1555

Medium

Engraving in black on buff laid paper

Dimensions

249 × 165 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1940.1312

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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