(b ?Venice, c.1485; d Rome, 21 June 1547). Venetian painter, active mainly in Rome. According to Vasari, he trained with Giovanni Bellini, but his early work was most strongly influenced by Giorgione, whose Three Philosophers (KH Mus., Vienna) Sebastiano is said to have completed after the master's death in 1510. Their styles, indeed, can be so close as to cause paintings to be disputed between them, most notably the unfinished Judgement of Solomon (Kingston Lacy, Dorset, NT). This large and impressive work was attributed to Giorgione by Ridolfi, but scholarly opinion now increasingly gives it to Sebastiano. The half-length Salome (or Judith?) (1510, NG, London) shows the magnificent painterly skills of an undoubted work of Sebastiano at this date; it has a sensuous beauty reminiscent of Giorgione, but also a statuesque grandeur that is Sebastiano's own.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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