The Raphael Cartoons and Tapestries

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. The Cartoons have been on loan to the V&A from Her Majesty The Queen since 1865.

Explore the Raphael Cartoons in colour, 3D, and infrared

Enjoy a private moment in the Sistine Chapel

Long form articles:

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/story-of-the-raphael-cartoons

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/photos-after-500-years-raphaels-tapestries-return-to-the-sistine-chapel

https://www.thetapestryhouse.com/blog/sistine-chapel-tapestries-raphael-cartoons/

https://www.thecultureconcept.com/raphael-weaving-tapestry-magic-for-the-sistine-chapel

Raphael’s Tapestries: The Grotesques of Leo X

Karafel, Lorraine

Published by Yale University Press (2017)

ISBN 10: 030018199X ISBN 13: 9780300181999

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