Room 48a: The Raphael Cartoons

This gallery is currently closed. It is scheduled to reopen on Sun 02 Nov 2014
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This room houses the surviving designs painted by Raphael, one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance artists, for tapestries commissioned in Rome in 1515 by Pope Leo X. These were to hang in the Sistine chapel on the walls beneath the ceiling by his contemporary Michelangelo. Although originally only designs (known as 'cartoons') to guide the weavers, they are now among the greatest artistic treasures in Britain. Owned by the British Royal Family since 1623, they have been on loan to the Museum since 1865.

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Room 48a is on Level 1 of the V&A South Kensington.

Please note that the Raphael Gallery will be closed to visitors from 1 – 13 September and 24 October – 2 November 2014, whilst we install and deinstall a major project for the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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Please note that the Raphael Gallery will be closed to visitors from 24 October – 2 November 2014, whilst we deinstall a major project for the London Design Festival at the V&A

Room 48a: The Raphael Cartoons is scheduled to reopen on Sun 02 Nov 2014

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