Parution : Matthias Wivel, « Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo: The Compass and the Mirror », Turnhout, Brepols, 2022
The collaboration between Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1485-1547), is among the most extraordinary artistic partnerships of the early modern period. It produced works of startling originality, crucial to the development of the so-called High Renaissance in the first decades of the sixteenth century.
It was arguably Michelangelos most creative collaboration, helping him refine motifs and narrative strategies, and it proved determining for Sebastianos development of a monumental, spiritually invested idiom whose influence became a touchstone for religious art deep into the following century, and for principles of painterly abstraction beyond.
Inspired by the exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano, mounted at The National Gallery in London in 2017, this book unites a group of international scholars in reflection on the two artists, their collaboration and its wider significance.
Table of Contents
Matthias Wivel — The Compass and the Mirror
Elena Calvillo — Friendship, Medium and the Diverging Lives of Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo
Piers Baker-Bates — Copies and Versions in Sebastiano’s Art? The Christ Carrying the Cross
Sheryl E. Reiss — A Word Portrait of a Medici Maecenas: Giulio de’ Medici (Pope Clement VII) as Patron of Art
Arnold Nesselrath — Raphael : of Heirs and Pretenders
Matthias Wivel and Rachel Billinge — The Vich Triptych
Carlo Piga — Da Michelangelo a Sebastiano: antiche suggestioni e moderne invenzioni nel ciclo decorativo della Cappella Borgherini in San Pietro in Montorio a Roma
Stefania Pasti — ‘Aperietur in tempore’: Sebastiano del Piombo and the Borgherini Chapel in the Light of Prophetic Readings
Paul Joannides — A New Drawing by Sebastiano del Piombo for the Semi-Dome of the Borgherini Chapel
Costanza Barbieri — Sebastiano as Portraitist and a Case Study: The Portrait of Michelangelo Pointing at His Drawings
Oriana Sartiani — A Portrait of Michelangelo Attributed to Sebastiano del Piombo: Technical Examination, Discoveries, and Treatment
Simonetta Antellini — L’originalità compositiva della Nascita della Vergine di Sebastiano del Piombo
Daniela Luzi — “Il bel secreto”: La pittura sperimentale sulla pietra di Sebastiano nella Cappella Chigi
Morten Steen Hansen — The Readings of Angels: Sebastiano del Piombo and the Politics of the Immaculate Conception
Andrea Donati — Marcello Venusti, Michelangelo and the Legacy of Sebastiano del Piombo
Charles Robertson — Michelangelo’s Last Judgement: Sebastiano del Piombo’s Contributions