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Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Where: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
When: 15 March – 25 June 2017
Tickets: £16 (book here)

In March, the National Gallery opened its latest major exhibition, ‘Michelangelo & Sebastiano’, which explores the friendship and rivalry between Renaissance artists Michelangelo and the lesser known Sebastiano del Piombo. The exhibition traces their origins as artists from different traditions, Michelangelo belonging to the Tuscan tradition, whereas Sebastiano grew up and developed his artistry in Venice, under the mentorship of Giorgione. Despite these different backgrounds the two artists combined their brilliance to create some masterpieces before later falling out, apparently over which technique Michelangelo should use for his monumental Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Highlights from the exhibition include Sebastiano del Piombo’s ‘Lamentation over the Dead Christ’ (About 1512-16) in which with the strikingly masculine Madonna laments her dead son who lies on the ground at her feet. Sebastiano created this work, which is a reimagining of Michelangelo’s earlier pieta which now stands in St Peters Basilica in Rome, using incredibly intricate drawings created by Michelangelo which demonstrate his genius for depicting the human form.

Although Michelangelo is undoubtedly the greater artist of the two, the exhibition demonstrates the fascinating symbiotic relationship between the two artists, who combined their talents in an attempt to outmanoeuvre Raphael, who was the rival of both of them for the best artistic commissions in Rome.

Queer British Art 1861 – 1967

Where: Tate Britain, London, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
When: 5 April – 1 October 2017
Tickets: £16.50 (book here)

On 5 April Tate Britain opened its doors to its latest exhibition, ‘Queer British Art‘.  The show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England.

This exhibition features works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney.

Boodle Hatfield members were invited to the preview of this exhibition because of the firm’s commitment to diversity in the workplace and status as a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Lord Browne of Madingley chaired and gave context to the event and what it was setting out to achieve; a celebration of the English artists who expressed themselves in the face of prejudice.