The Roman career of Sebastiano: Michelangelo and beyond

Date and time

Monday 10 April, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Piers Baker-Bates


Admission free

Sebastiano del Piombo may be most famous for his relationship with Michelangelo, but to study him simply in the light of this relationship is to underestimate his own talents: he was a significant painter in his own right.

Sebastiano’s personality, the patronage networks he developed and his novel painting methods in particular singled him out from his Roman contemporaries.

By exploring his career in Rome, this lecture will look at why Sebastiano deserves a more prominent place in the canon of Renaissance art history.


Piers Baker-Bates is Visiting Research Associate in Art History at the Open University. He is author of ‘Sebastiano del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome’.

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Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from Sebastiano del Piombo, 'Lamentation over the Dead Christ', 1516. The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (GE-18). Photograph © The State Hermitage Museum /Vladimir Terebenin