The story of the Raphael Cartoons

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), London
From 1 February 2021
Free to all

The Raphael Cartoons are considered one of the greatest treasures of the Renaissance. Experience them in ultra-high definition online and zoom into every exquisite detail.

Originally commissioned in the 16th century by the then-Pope, Leo X for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican Palace, seven of the original ten Raphael Cartoons have survived today. They were created by the Italian Renaissance artist, Raphael and are perfect examples of the artist’s masterful technique and the grandeur of his work.

The seven Cartoons depict key moments in the lives of two saints: Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Healing of the Lame Man and The Death of Ananias depict two of Saint Peter’s well-known miracles, and Paul Preaching at Athens is one of three Saint Paul Cartoons to have survived from the original six.

You can see these beautiful works from the comfort of your own home, as the V&A have developed an online tool which give you the rare opportunity to zoom in on the most miniscule details and study the works up close.

Learn about the characters, stories, and production of the artworks as well as Raphael’s use of symbolism and the incredible tale of their survival.

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