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Sebastiano del Piombo: <EM>The Visitation</EM>, 1518 - 1519© The National Gallery, London
Sebastiano del Piombo: The Visitation, 1518 - 1519
© The National Gallery, London
Michelangelo & Sebastiano
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The National Gallery  •  15 March - 25 June 2017
 

Having met in Rome in 1511, as Michelangelo was finishing his decoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Sebastiano and he became friends and began collaborating artistically.

Their meeting sparked a remarkable 25-year friendship and partnership; yielding outstanding works of art that neither could have created without the other – against a backdrop of war and religious conflict, but also of great intellectual energy and artistic innovation.

Central to the exhibition are two of their collaborations: the 'Pietà' for S. Francesco in Viterbo (c.1512–16) and The Raising of Lazarus, painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne in France, and one of the foundational works in the National Gallery Collection.

The exhibition also features the exceptional loan of Michelangelo’s The Risen Christ (1514–15) from the Church of S. Vincenzo Martire in Bassano Romano, Italy, and a cutting-edge recreation of the Borgherini Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome – decorated by Sebastiano to partial designs by Michelangelo.

Comprising paintings, drawings, sculpture, and letters, the show documents the correspondence between the artists.



The National Gallery Website


Contact: The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Tel: (44) 0800 912 69 58

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<EM>Obsession</EM>
Obsession
Theatre: Obsession: based on the film by Luchino Visconti
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Theatre  •  19 April - 20 May 2017
 

Obsession

Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti’s penetrating social drama directed by Ivo van Hove.Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Hanna (played by Halina Reijn) at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Hanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.

Visconti’s first feature film Obsession (1943) gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval. As Van Hove’s fourth Visconti production, it features a company of Dutch and British actors led by Law, whose charismatic stage and screen performances have established him as one of the foremost actors of his generation.

Obsession is one of three Toneelgroep Amsterdam productions directed here by Ivo van Hove in 2017.

Conceived and directed by: Ivo van Hove
Set design and lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Adaptation and dramaturgy: Jan Peter Gerrits
English language version: Simon Stephens
Video design: Tal Yarden
Composer and sound design: Eric Sleichim
Sound system design: Tom Gibbons
Costumes: An d’Huys
UK casting: Julia Horan CDG
Associate director: Jeff James

With Jude Law, Robert de Hoog, Chukwudi Iwuji, Aysha Kala, Halina Reijn and Gijs Scholten van Aschat.



Barbican Centre Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm

Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: (44) 20 76 38 88 91

Wildlife Photographer of the Year© Sam Hobson
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
© Sam Hobson
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Natural History Museum, London  •  21 October 2016 - 10 September 2017
 

This year’s competition was the most competitive to date, attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

The exhibition features the collection of 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlighting our crucial role in protecting it.



Natural History Museum, London Website


Contact: Natural History Museum, London
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7942 500



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