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Michelangelo & Sebastiano

National Gallery, London

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Having met in Rome in 1511, Michelangelo and Sebastiano became friends and began collaborating artistically. Their meeting sparked a remarkable 25-year friendship and partnership; yielding outstanding works of art that neither could have created without the other – against a backdrop of war and religious conflict, but also of great intellectual energy and artistic innovation. Central to the exhibition are two of their collaborations: the ‘Pietà’ for S. Francesco in Viterbo and The Raising of Lazarus, painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne in France, and one of the foundational works in the National Gallery Collection. Comprising paintings, drawings, sculpture, and letters between the artists, this major exhibition presents works of striking force and originality. Find out more about the Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition from the National Gallery’s website.

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The Raising of Lazarus (1517–19), Sebastiano del Piombo incorporating designs by Michelangelo.

The Raising of Lazarus (1517–19), Sebastiano del Piombo incorporating designs by Michelangelo.

The Descent into Limbo (1516), Sebastiano del Piombo. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

The Descent into Limbo (1516), Sebastiano del Piombo. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

The Virgin and Child (c. 1715), Sebastiano del Piombo. © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Virgin and Child (c. 1715), Sebastiano del Piombo. © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Visitation (1518–19), Sebastiano del Piombo. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski

The Visitation (1518–19), Sebastiano del Piombo. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski

Judith (or Salome?) (1510), Sebastiano del Piombo. © The National Gallery, London

Judith (or Salome?) (1510), Sebastiano del Piombo. © The National Gallery, London

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