Michelangelo & Sebastiano, National Gallery, London, review: In part, their collaboration is tactical

How can you possibly go wrong with Michelangelo? Do not the words universal genius hang on everyone’s fevered lips? And yet this exhibition has gone slightly – not wholly – wrong. Is it the lighting, the staging, the colour (grey) of the walls, the feeling that the hang is a bit too stiffly academic for its own good? Or is it that some of the works themselves are not quite as good as we might wish them to be? A little bit of all those things. For various reasons, from first to last, this show, though deeply religious in

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