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The Captive (or The Martyr, Saint Sebastian)

Artist Ahron Ben-Shmuel (American, 1903–1984)
Title The Captive (or The Martyr, Saint Sebastian)
Date 1932
Medium Bronze on wood base
Dimensions Overall (with base): 15 1/8 × 4 5/8 × 3 9/16 in. (38.4 × 11.7 × 9 cm)
Overal (without base)l: 13 7/8 × 3 3/8 × 2 5/8 in. (35.2 × 8.6 × 6.7 cm)
Credit Line Museum purchase with funds from the Estate of Herman B Wells via the Joseph Granville and Anna Bernice Wells Memorial Fund, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2017.63

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Ben-Shmuel’s streamlined aesthetic reflected his study of ancient sculpture as well as the influence of modernism. This work depicts the elongated figure of the early Christian martyr Saint Sebastian, a Roman officer. In its expression of anguish, the work has stylistic and thematic affinities with German Expressionism.

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