- about 1485 - 1547
Though he spent most of his career in Rome, Sebastiano del Piombo's art always bore the unmistakable imprint of his early Venetian training. After first studying with Giovanni Bellini, Sebastiano defected to the "modern" master Giorgione, whose delicate light, brilliant coloring, and soft harmonies influenced him profoundly. When Giorgione died, Sebastiano and Titian completed some of his unfinished works. Sebastiano moved to Rome in 1511, where he came in contact with Raphael and his assistants working at the Villa Farnesina. After a quarrel with Raphael, Sebastiano befriended Michelangelo, who provided him with drawings for some paintings. After Raphael's death in 1520, Sebastiano was considered the best painter in Rome.
Concerned with permanence for his most important commissions, Sebastiano invented a way to paint on stone. His portraits of the pope, shown in three-quarter length in a chair set diagonal to the