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According to the legend, the Roman Kaiser Diocletian sentenced Sebastian, the officer of his guards and captain of the praetorian guards, to death around 228 after Christ. Sebastian cited himself as a Christian and apparently helped other Christians in distress. Sebastian was shot by archers but didn’t die. He was saved and cared for by holy Irene. After Sebastian’s health improved, he went back to Diocletian and announced yet again that he were Christian. Thereupon Sebastian was beaten to death in a circus. Peter Paul Rubens presents Sebastian’s first ordeal. We see Sebastian struck by arrows, while he suffers from pain. He is only dressed in a loincloth and is tied to a tree. The arrows are stuck deep into his flesh and blood is running out of his wounds. He is looking up at the sky. Rubens portrayed him to be young and strong. The arrows appear to not be hurting any important organs. One suspect that he will survive.