National Geographic : 1952 Jan
Q National Geographic Society 92 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection) SEJLBASTIANO DEL PJOMBO * Portrait of a Young Woman Sebastiano Luciani (l'iomnbo) was influenced by four great masters of Italian art. As a youth in Venice lie studied under Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione. Alter going to Rome in 1510, he came under the sway of Raphael and Michelangelo. Sehasliano started his career as a lute player. In later years lie was appointed to tle lucrative Vatican job of the piomnbo (keeper of the seals). So highly didlie prize this office that le adopted its name as his own. Thereafter iheseldom painted. Many pupils sought training from him, but tile sel-indulgent Sehastiano taught them little. Iatceinllie lte artist quarreled with Michelangelo over tle latter's "Last Judgment." ScLasliano encouraged the Pope to insist it he executed in oil. Michelangelo, who wanted to do it in fresco, told the Pope that oil was fit only for women and sluggards like Ira Sebastiano. Sehastiano is best known for his portraits (page 79), which are often mistaken for those of Raphael. One of his best is llat of Christopher Coltumbus in New York's Metropolitan Mluseum of Art. This portrait, faintly inscribed "V. Clolonna," may represent Vittoria Colonna, a Renaissance poet whom Michelangelo made the subject of some of his finest soincts.