It takes two
They could so easily have become rivals, but when Sebastiano del Piombo met fellow Renaissance master Michelangelo in 1511, the pair forged a friendship and embarked on an artistic relationship. At the time, Michelangelo was in Rome finishing the exquisite Sistine Chapel, but the two artists soon began working together on the Pietà for San Francesco in Viterbo and, later, The Raising of Lazarus, painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne. See both of these works in
Michel angelo& Sebastiano
at The National Gallery (from 15 Mar; p. 37), alongside pieces that precede their meeting.