The altar of “Saint Sebastian”. On the central panel of the altar, Hans Baldung Green depicts Saint Sebastian, who is shot by two archers, while Green himself is behind the victim at this time. Artists often portrayed themselves in their altar works, but not on the central panel. This position in the center should make sense. Thus, Green is involved in drama, his view from the picture is so similar to that of St. Sebastian and these two figures are related.
Weapons often symbolize the artist’s tools, with brushes usually associated with brushes. Here the symbolism becomes even more obvious. Archers – this is the allegory of artists and the saint is the goal of their “painting”. A real artist stands between two groups, each an alter-ego of the artist. The arrow that successfully hit the target does not come from the archers, but from the front, where the artist himself stood during the performance of the painting.