The State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the impressive art collection of Konrad Fischer and his wife, comprising 250 works by some thirty-five artists, as well as the gallery archive, for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen at the beginning of 2014. The exhibition catalogue now provides a summary of Konrad Fischer’s significant life’s work.

Saint Sebastian

A Splendid Readiness For Death
The cultural-historical center of the book "Saint Sebastian. A Splendid Readiness For Death", is formed by Gabriele D’Annunzio’s "Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. A Mystery in Five Acts". The book is similary arranged into five thematic focal points: Sebastian is seen as the "exemplary sufferer" (Susan Sontag), the multifarious icon of the history of civilisation- as-such; also as Sebastian the saint, who attracts misfortune upon himself, in order to avert it from others; Sebastian as the fetish of erotic subcultures, and the vamp and dandy, whose beauty only blossoms in its full splendour when caught in the throes of excruciating agony. However, Saint Sebastian is also brought up to date in "Saint Sebastian. A Splendid Readiness For Death" as the great ecstatician of art history.
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"Saint Sebastian"

ISBN 978-3-936646-44-3

16,50 x 20,00 cm

144 Pages

100 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German


Kunsthalle Wien

Wolfgang Fetz, Richard A. Kaye, Gerald Matt und Carlo Santoli
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Saint Sebastian. A Splendid Readiness For Death", Kunsthalle Wien, 2003/2004.