Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Michelangelo & Sebastiano at the National Gallery 15 March–21 June 2017

Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
— Romans 6:4
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Christ's death and resurrection lie at the heart of our upcoming Easter celebrations, encouraging us to have faith in renewal and strength to embrace life's tumultuous journey. At the heart of The National Gallery's latest exhibition, 'Michelangelo & Sebastiano', stands the extraordinary loan of Michelangelo's Risen Christ (1514-5) from the church of San Vincenzo Martire in Bassano Romano, Italy. 

Michelangelo's discovery of a black vein in the marble on Christ's left cheek led him to abandon the sculpture and create a second version, now in the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome. As babes are born and trees turn green, this powerful and beautiful sculpture reminds us that we, like Michelangelo, can leave the old behind and blossom again like the world around us. 

Visit: Daily 10am–6pm (9pm Friday's) until 25 June
Tickets £16 nationalgallery.org.uk

Words by Lucy Chiswell. The Iris Letter April 2017.