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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gustave Moreau, French (Paris 1826 - 1898 Paris)
Saint Sebastian and the Angel
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Saint Sébastien Baptisé Martyr
Alternate Title: The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian / Saint Sebastian
Work Type
c. 1876
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
69.5 × 39.7 cm (27 3/8 × 15 5/8 in.)
framed: 83.2 × 54 × 6.4 cm (32 3/4 × 21 1/4 × 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: -Gustave Moreau-
  • label: back of frame, paper: 9258
  • label: back of frame, paper: 8342 [crossed off]
  • label: back of frame, paper: 2394 [crossed off]
  • label: back of frame, paper: 5854 [crossed off]
Lepel-Cointet[?]. [Allard et Noël]. A. Baillehache, 1906, sold [through his estate sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, May 23, 1922, lot 38]; to Gal [Gallery?] Pehl [?]. [1] [Dubourg, Paris], sold [via Martin Birnbaum]; to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, 1927, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943

[1] An annotated version of the sale catalogue lists "Gal Pehl" as the purchaser of the painting.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Judith Gautier, [Unidentified article], Le Rappel (May 6 1876)

Exposition Gustave Moreau au profit des oeuvres du travail et des pauvres honteux, exh. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, 1906), cat. no. 4

Catalogue des tableaux par...oeuvres importantes par Gustave Moreau..., auct. cat., Hôtel Drouot (PAris, May 23, 1922), p. 24, lot 38, repr.

Fritz Novotny, Painting and Sculpture in Europe, 1780 to 1880, Penguin Books (Baltimore, MD, 1960), repr. pl. 151A

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: with a catalogue of the finished paintings watercolors, and drawings, New York Graphic Society (Boston, MA, 1976), cat. no. 165, pp. 323-324; repr. b/w . pp. 129, 324; text pp. 126, 128, 139

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 121; repr. as no. 322

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1991), no. 189, p. 98 and color plate XXIV

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1994), pp. 110, 132; repr. p. 133

Gustave Moreau: Gyusutavu Moro, exh. cat., Nihon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo, Japan, 1995), p. 148, repr. in b/w

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau, 1826-1898, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1998), under no. 68, n. 1

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: Monographie et nouveau catalogue de l'oeuvre achevé, ACR Édition (Paris, France, 1998), no. 191, repr. with original frame; repr. in color, p. 75

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: between Epic and Dream, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1999), under no. 68, n. 1

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), pp. 118-119, cat. #25, repr.; repr. p. 46 as fig. 19

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), repr. in color p. 33, as fig. 32

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), repr. in color p. 41, as fig. 31

"Symbolist Saints", Christie's Magazine (June 2005-August 2005), vol. XXII, no. 4, pp. 61-62, p. 62

19th Century European Art Including Ottomans & Orientalists, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, June 15 2005), repr. in b/w as fig. 1 under no. 118, p. 100

Gustave Moreau (Tokyo, 2019), p. 94, repr.

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, 1876, Salon, Paris, Paris, 01/01/1876 - 12/31/1876

Exposition Gustave Moreau au profit des oeuvres du travail et des pauvres honteux, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 01/01/1906 - 12/31/1906

Moreau and Monticelli, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 05/13/1960 - 06/08/1960

Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

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