Rapahel Court reopens at Victoria & Albert Museum
In the year of Raphael, the Victoria and Albert Museum pays him tribute with the reopening, on November 14th, 2020, of the refurbished Raphael Court, which preserves the most important nucleus of Italian Renaissance art in the United Kingdom: the cartoons for Vatican tapestries.
Thanks to the loan from Queen Victoria in 1865, the London museum houses 7 of the 10 1:1 scale paintings that Leo X, close to his election to the papal throne (1513), commissioned Raphael in order to weave in the workshop of Brussels by Pieter van Aelst a cycle of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel with theĀ Stories of Saints Peter and Paul.
Having arrived in Great Britain at the beginning of the seventeenth century thanks to the future King Charles I, the cartons - 5 x 3,5 meters - have been the subject of an innovative photographic mapping since August 2019, conducted with state-of-the-art digital aids.
The removal of the frames allowed, in addition to checks on the general state of conservation of the works and the cleaning of glass and frames, the acquisition of three-dimensional images of the surface and composite panoramic photos, which record the state of color and provide new data thanks to the use of infrared rays.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Nov. 14, 2020