Here's a glimpse inside the second room of our exhibition #MichelangeloSebastiano, in which the start of Michelangelo and Sebastiano's friendship, and their early collaborations, are explored. Don't miss out on visiting the exhibition and book your tickets via the link in our bio.
Rome, the home of the papacy, was the natural destination for artists seeking powerful patronage and knowledge of classical art during the High Renaissance. The young Michelangelo made his name there in 1490s, and returned in 1506 to work for Pope Julius II. Sebastiano arrived in 1511 and soon met Michelangelo, who was working on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He also encountered the artist Raphael.
Critics praised Michelangelo's imagination and ability to render figures sculpturally, but declared Raphael the better painter. Michelangelo detested Raphael, and in order to thwart him, he sought an alliance with Sebastiano, whose mastery of oil painting was attracting attention. Visit the exhibition to find out how their artistic alliance led to a close friendship. 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano' is open until 25 June 2017.
Photo by #nationalgallery photographer Maria Conroy.
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