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Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes Photo © Vatican Museums

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum until October 17, 2010.

On display are four of the ten tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. These are the original tapestries from the only series designed by Raphael of which examples survive, and are comparable
with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling as masterpieces of High Renaissance art.

The tapestries are displayed alongside the full-size designs for them – the famous Raphael Cartoons. This is the first time that the designs and tapestries have been displayed together – something Raphael himself never witnessed.

The tapestries, of the Acts of St Peter and St Paul, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, Christ’s Charge to Peter, The Healing of the Lame Man, and The Sacrifice at Lystra, were made for the Sistine Chapel almost 500 years ago and have not been shown before in the UK.

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Admission: Free but with ticket – pre-booking is strongly advised as ticket numbers are limited.

Times: Daily from 10am to 5.30pm, Friday from 10am to 10pm.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL