'The Healing of the Lame Man'

'The Healing of the Lame Man'

Raphael
'The Healing of the Lame Man'
1515-16
Bodycolour over charcoal underdrawing on paper, mounted on canvas
Height 342 cm x width 536 cm
On loan from HM Queen Elizabeth II; rcin 912946
(Acts 3:1-8)

A crowd is gathered at the gate of the Temple in Jerusalem. At the centre stands Peter (bearded, in a blue and yellow robe), healing the lame man, while John the Evangelist (the youthful figure in a salmon-coloured robe) looks on. This act symbolises Peter's spiritual healing and conversion of the Jews. Taken together with The Conversion of the Proconsul, it illustrates the different missions of Peter and Paul; whereas Peter's mission is to convert the Jews, Paul's is to convert the Gentiles.

Raphael based the ornate, twisted columns on antique examples in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. At the time, they were thought to have come from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.