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Ángel Zárraga, Ex Voto, 1912, oil on canvas, 185 x 134.5 cm, Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City
Sebastian was a Gallic soldier who fought in Diocletian's army in Milan. He converted to Christianity and helped imprisoned Christians, but was discovered and was tied to a column and shot with arrows. Though left for dead, he was found and healed, but once again berated Diocletian for persecuting Christians and was clubbed to death and thrown in a river.
While he is usually depicted being martyred by arrows, he is at times depicted simply holding an arrow, and sometimes also the palm branch of martyrdom.