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The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo and Sebastiano at The National Gallery

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Time 10:00
Date 25/06/17
Price £18
  • Produced by The National Gallery
  • Price Standard tickets £18, concessions £16
  • Get ready to follow a friendship of a quarter century between two Italian masters during a remarkable period of Italian history
  • Bring along friends eager to see the Lamentation over the Dead Christ, which is rarely seen outside of Italy
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Explore the extraordinary relationship between two great Italian masters, Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, who found common ground in the fiercely competitive world of High Renaissance Rome.

This spring the National Gallery presents the first ever exhibition devoted to the creative partnership between Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1485-1547), featuring exceptional loans, some of which have not left their collections for centuries.

Michelangelo & Sebastiano explores the complementary talents, yet divergent personalities, of the two artists. It encompasses approximately seventy works – paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters – produced by Michelangelo and Sebastiano before, during and after their association.

Examples of their extensive, intimate correspondence offer us a unique insight into their personal and professional lives; their concerns, frustrations and moments of glory.

Speaking in the run up to the exhibition, Matthias Wivel, curator of The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano, said:

“This is the first exhibition of its kind anywhere, and the first to showcase the work of Sebastiano in the UK. Although highly esteemed among collectors in the 19th century, Sebastiano has since slipped from our awareness in large part due to his close association with Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. I hope this will encourage a new look at this tremendously original artist, while highlighting an overlooked aspect of Michelangelo’s activity.”

"A double act with twice the impact . . . and some fun"

The Times, ★★★★★

Read the full review here.

Featured image: Sebastiano del Piombo, The Visitation (detail), 1518-19. Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures, Paris (357) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski


COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo and Sebastiano at The National Gallery. To enter the competition, send an email to with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Michelangelo was finishing his decoration of which chapel ceiling when he met Sebastiano del Piombo?

A: .1) The Niccoline Chapel .2) Capella Paolina .3) The Sistine Chapel .4) The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo