Raphael Cartoons

The Raphael Court, Room 48a: currently closed

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The Raphael Cartoons are a set of seven full-scale designs for tapestry painted by Raphael (1483 – 1520), and are considered one of the greatest treasures of the Renaissance. They were commissioned in 1515 by Pope Leo X for the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and depict the lives of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul – Fathers of the Christian church. The Cartoons have been on loan to the V&A from Her Majesty The Queen since 1865.


Background image: Background image: Raphael Cartoon, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes: Luke Chapter 5: Verses 1–11, by Raphael, 1515 – 16, Italy. Museum no. ROYAL LOANS.2. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London