The National Gallery welcomed its Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on Monday night to view The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano. While there he also had the opportunity to meet with members of staff and attend a reception of invited guests.
National Gallery Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, and Chair of Trustees, Hannah Rothschild, gave Prince Charles a tour of the exhibition. Rothschild said: ‘We are delighted that our Royal Patron, The Prince of Wales has chosen to open this important exhibition which is a celebration of the friendship between two great artists, Michelangelo and Sebastiano and a demonstration of what can be achieved through a spirit of collaboration and creative exchange.’
Dr Finaldi echoed Ms Rothschild’s sentiments, saying: ‘The Prince of Wales’s friendship with the National Gallery is longstanding and we are very grateful for his on-going support as we care for the nation’s pictures, exhibiting great works of art which are open to all.’
The Prince of Wales has been Royal Patron of the National Gallery since 2016 when the patronage was announced at another private viewing in which the Prince got advanced access to see the Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art exhibition. Before that, he was a Trustee of the National Gallery from 1986 until 1993.
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano is the first to explore the creative partnership between Italian Renaissance artists Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano (1485-1547). The exhibition will feature approximately 70 pieces and will include paintings, sculptures, drawings and letters produced by both artists in the periods before, during and after their partnership. Of particular interest will be the intimate correspondence between the two which offers unique insight into their lives and minds during this transformative time.
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano is now open to the public and will run until 25 June at the National Gallery.