Consider the complex and contradictory reactions to two juxtaposed life-like male figures: St Sebastian, made by Spanish Renaissance artist Alonso Berruguete in the 1530s, and Action 125, made by Iranian-born, London-based artist Reza Aramesh in 2011.

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Reza Aramesh (1970 –)
Action 125: Tikrit city, Iraq, Prisoner of war. Monday, April 14, 2003
England, London, and North Italy, 2011
Limewood, painted, with glass eyes; and concrete breeze blocks (plinth)
On loan from a private collection
© Reza Aramesh, reproduced courtesy of the artist