Help with His Drawing

Charles Hope

  • Michelangelo & Sebastiano
    At the National Gallery, until 25 June

The collaboration between Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, the theme of the beautiful if rather didactic exhibition now at the National Gallery, is one of the strangest episodes in the history of Renaissance art. Sebastiano was born in Venice around 1485, ten years after Michelangelo. Aged about twenty, Sebastiano became attracted by the work of another young local artist, Giorgione. Almost everything associated with Giorgione is now a matter of controversy, but there is general agreement about the identification of most of Sebastiano’s surviving pictures from his time in Venice. These are well represented in the exhibition, and show him as an artist with a distinctive style, although the links with the works of Giorgione and those of his slightly younger contemporary Titian are evident.

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