|Sebastiano del Piombo self-portrait 1518.|
But I like Sebastiano's line as well. His figures are at once monumental and contained, sensual and spiritual.
He began life as a musician, mostly a solo player on the lute, then turned to painting. His first work that drew wide attention turns out to be the one including Mary Magdalene that I have shown in a previous post that was done for the church of San Giovanni Crisostomo in Venice.
Another Mary Magdalene is the one below, a detail of the deposition of Jesus' body from the cross. Painted in 1516 it is now at the Hermitage in St Petersburg. Once again Mary Magdalene has a contained and powerful feminine presence, a sensitivity and a knowing.
Sebastiano is not much noted these days, an oversight that I intend to correct for myself by looking more into his life and work.
|The Deposition by Sebastiano del Piombo.|