Raphael Tapestries Return To Sistine Chapel - Vatican

Raphael Tapestries Return To Sistine Chapel - Vatican

For one week the great tapestries designed by Raphael returned to the Sistine Chapel on February 17, 2020 as the Vatican celebrates the 500th anniversary of the death of the High Renaissance master. From left to right: 'Pasce oves mess (Christ's charge to Peter) and the miraculous draught of fishes'. For the first time since 1983, all ten of Raphael's grand tapestries depicting the lives of Saints Peter and Paul are exhibited together in the Sistine Chapel, hanging at eye level beneath Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling as was the original intention. Commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515, the tapestries's designs, or cartoons as they were known, were completed by Raphael while he was busy decorating the Stanze (also called the Raphael Rooms), presiding over the construction of St Peter's Basilica, and painting portraits and altarpieces. The tapestries, which are normally preserved in the Vatican Museum, were woven in 1517 over a four-year period in Brussels, using silk, wool and gilded silver thread. Photo by Eric Vandeville/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

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