Image: Thurston Thompson Charles (1816-1868), Raphael Cartoon - Miraculous Draught of Fishes, 19th Century, Annotated Photograph (detail) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Raphael was one of the greatest masters of the High Renaissance. His only monumental works outside Italy are the Raphael Cartoons made in 1515-16. These giant watercolour paintings of events from the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul were commissioned by Pope Leo X. They were made as designs for ten tapestries destined for the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.

The seven surviving Cartoons were bought by Charles I for use at the tapestry manufactory in Mortlake. They began a new epoch in tapestry design and for over two centuries were considered the greatest paintings in Britain. Since 1865 they have been on loan from the Royal Collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Mark Evans is Senior Curator of Paintings at the V&A. He was co-curator of the loan exhibition 'Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel', held in 2010, which reunited the Cartoons with the Sistine tapestries for the first time since they were made. His most recent publication 'Renaissance Watercolours from Dürer to Van Dyck' appeared in July this year. 

Friday 27 November 2020, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
£6 Adults • Lightbox Members Free

The talk will be hosted on Zoom and will be followed by a Q&A.
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