Image banner: Detail of Raphael, (1483-1520), Christ’s Charge to Peter, c.1514, offset from a drawing in red chalk over stylus. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

2020 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael and to commemorate this significant event, exhibitions are being staged around the world to celebrate one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. The Lightbox is the only regional gallery in the UK to be mounting an exhibition about Raphael in 2020.

The exhibition relays the fascinating story of Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael and his creation of the Raphael Collection at Windsor Castle. It reveals how Raphael caught the imagination of the Prince Consort, who embarked on a pioneering research-based project into the work of the Renaissance master, making copies of his work using the newest technology available - photography. The exhibition will reveal 500 years of reproductive techniques used to emulate Raphael's work, not only in photography, but also in a variety of mediums including engravings, original wood-block printing and lithography.

The Raphael drawings from the Royal Collection are at the heart of the exhibition and several of them will be shown in a specially-designed space. Most of the drawings included in the display were made in preparation for major commissions, but they are important as individual works of art and reveal the artist’s working methods.

New dates to be confirmed shortly
£7.50 Day Pass | Lightbox Members Free | Under 21s Free

This exhibition is kindly sponsored by V4 Wood Flooring.

In response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to close to the public as of 18 March 2020. The building will remain closed until further notice. As such, we are looking into moving the opening of the exhibition to a later date which we will share with you as soon as it is confirmed. We hope you will consider joining us once we reopen, to celebrate the life and work of Raphael.

In the meantime, we are creating as much online content as we can so keep an eye on the website, and particularly, look at the opportunities to help us financially at this time, as well as our catering partners Tipsy Pigs.