Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Books We're Talking About
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

V&A to display Raphael tapestries

28th May 2010

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will display four tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel when the Pope visits the UK later this year.

Pope Benedict XVI will tour England and Scotland in September and the museum has borrowed the pieces from the Vatican to mark the occasion.

They will be hung beside Raphael's 'cartoons', which are the artist's original designs for the tapestries. The cartoons have been held by the V&A since 1865 and are considered too fragile to leave the museum.

Mark Jones, director of the museum, said: 'This is a marvellous opportunity to see great Renaissance masterpieces reunited for the first time in almost 500 years.'

Pope Leo X commissioned Raphael to design the works, which were woven in Brussels and sent to Rome to be displayed. The artist never saw the tapestries and their original cartoons next to each other.

Last year, Head of a Muse, a drawing by Raphael, sold for GBP 29.2 million at auction, beating the previous record of GBP 8.1 million for an Old Master sketch.

Latest Blog
A Stinky #FoyesFive!
25/09/2016

Andi celebrates Birmingham Grand Central's First Birthday with her bestselling and rather stinky picture books!

Caz Hildebrand's Top Ten Herbs
20/09/2016

Herbarium author Caz Hildebrand reveals her top ten all-time favourite herbs

Chitra Soundar on Diverse Picture Books
19/09/2016

Chitra Soundar talks about some of her favourite diverse picture books that tell previously untold stories.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd