Art History

There was something compelling about the widely distributed photo of New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez being led away by police. The picture even spurred an instant internet meme of people Hernandezing,  aping the pose on social media.

Then I realized it: the Hernandez photo is oddly similar to many depictions of Saint Sebastian, hands bound, studded with arrows, looking toward heaven.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting Hernandez is any sort of martyr.

The Saint Sebastian pose is often referenced in pop culture, maybe most famously in this Esquire magazine cover from 1968:

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Wikipedia does not mention if Saint Sebastian played any sports.

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