…St. Sebastian recovered. He was tended by Irene. Only later, after he publicly reproached the Emperor Diocletian for mistreating Christians, was St. Sebastian finally martyred by a brutal beating.
Hendrick ter Brugghen, a disciple of Caravaggio, painted this lovely depiction of Irene removing St. Sebastian’s arrows. I for one, philistine that I am, never heard of ter Brugghen before now. But, my gosh. On display at the National Gallery until May 15