the martyrdom of saint sebastian

A photograph of Yukio Mishima posing in his Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and a letter he wrote to Jan Von Adlmann, an American art museum director, 1967-1970. 

Saint Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima
Lodovico Carracci (Italian; 1555–1619)
Oil on canvas
J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

Caesar has said: ‘Bring him to the Grove of Apollo; bind him to the trunk of the most beautiful of laurels; then unleash against his naked body all your arrows until you have emptied your quivers’….Fear not! Weep not! But be intoxicated, intoxicated with blood, as in battle. Aim closely. I am the Target. From the depths, from the depths I call forth your terrible love.
—  Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Gabriele D'Annunzio