On this grand tour, Beckett encountered the Casper David Friedrich painting that went on to inspire his prize-winning play, "Waiting for Godot." Later recalling Antonello da Messina's "Martyrdom of St. Sebastian," a painting he had seen in Dresden, Beckett wrote, "In front of such a work, such a victory over the reality of disorder, over the pettiness of heart and mind, it is hard not to go and hang yourself."
St. Sebastian (1476-‘77). Antonello da Messina. Oil on canvas transferred on table, 171 cm × 85 cm. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden