The meeting of Mary and Elizabeth by Sebastiano del Piombo

The meeting of Mary and Elizabeth by Sebastiano del Piombo

The Master of the High Renaissance, Sebastiano del Piombo, was born in Venice and, according to the testimony of Vasari, he studied under G. Bellini and Giorgione. The artist throughout his career did not forget the lessons of teachers, but at the same time managed to get away from imitation.

Even repeating the motifs of the famous “Thunderstorm” by Giorgione in his painting “The Meeting of Mary and Elizabeth,” Sebastiano del Piombo did this convincingly and peculiarly. In 1511 the artist moved to Rome. He was fascinated by the art of Raphael and Michelangelo, to whose entourage he

soon joined. But in this case, Sebastian fully retained artistic independence, even when used in his work one of the drawings by Michelangelo, presented to him by the master.

In 1513 Sebastiano received the post of keeper of the papal seal in the Vatican,. The painting “The Meeting of Mary and Elizabeth” was written in the Roman period, when the artist created altar compositions characterized by dark colors with a sharp contrast of light and shadow. Images are filled with pathetism, and the plot – with drama. Sebastiano del Piombo developed special types for his characters, attaching great importance to the plastic definition of forms, gestures. Other famous works: “Genoa House Andrea Doria”. 1526. Doria Pamphili Gallery, Rome; “The Resurrection of Lazarus”. OK. 1517-1518. National Gallery, London.

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