London Letter | Nushin Elahi:
The National Gallery’s very first acquisition was a collaboration between Michelangelo and Sebastiano, The Raising of Lazarus. It’s a huge canvas, with the biblical subject of Christ raising a man from the dead depicted in vivid, glowing colours. A fine start to a great collection.
Creative collaboration then is not such a modern concept, and we are talking here about headline acts, not the supporting hordes that filled in the outlines. Michelangelo is perhaps not an artist one would think of as needing any help or input from another. After all, if you had to name the greatest artists of all time, chances are his name would be in your top five. So why would he, an artist at the height of his game, reach out to a newcomer from Venice, as Sebastiano was when he first came to Rome?… Read more
Image: NG1 Sebastiano del Piombo incorporating designs by Michelangelo: The Raising of Lazarus 1517-19