Michelangelo & Sebastiano: The Credit Suisse Exhibition

This event was held from 15 March 2017 to 25 June 2017

15 March – 25 June 2017

North Galleries



Credit Suisse



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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

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Having met in Rome in 1511, as Michelangelo was finishing his decoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Sebastiano and he 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 San Francesco in Viterbo (about 1512–16) and The Raising of Lazarus, painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne in France, and one of the foundational works in the National Gallery Collection.

The exhibition also features the exceptional loan of Michelangelo’s 'The Risen Christ' (1514–15) from the Church of San Vincenzo Martire in Bassano Romano, Italy, and a cutting-edge recreation of the Borgherini Chapel in San Pietro in Montorio, Rome  decorated by Sebastiano to partial designs by Michelangelo.

Comprising paintings, drawings, sculpture, and letters documenting correspondence between the artists, this groundbreaking exhibition presents works of striking force and originality.

Image above: Detail from Michelangelo, finished by and unknown seventeenth century artist, 'The Risen Christ (‘The Giustiniani Christ’)', 1514–15, finished in the early seventeenth century. Church of San Vincenzo Martire, Monastero dei Silvestrini, Bassano Romano (Viterbo). Photo © The National Gallery, London