Saint Sebastian

17th century

Object Place: Europe, Austria


33.97 cm (13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





terracotta bozetto, rich red brown. Contorted figure based on Michelangelo; on rough base with gnarled tree trunk.


Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]. 1961, John Hewett (b. 1919 - d. 1994), London; 1961, sold by Hewett to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1962, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $1,400. (Accession Date: February 9, 1962)

[1] According to information provided at the time the sculpture was acquired. Attempts to identify the sculpture in inventories of Bondy's collection have not been successful.

Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, had owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art, which was seized and expropriated with the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in 1938. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund