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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Miraculous Draft of Fishes


Creator: Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)
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Bodycolour over charcoal on many sheets of paper, mounted on canvas
319.0 x 399.0 cm
RL 12944
Acquirer: Charles I, King of Great Britain (1600-49)
Purchased by Charles I (when Prince of Wales), 1623; on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum since 1865

A full-scale drawing, known as a cartoon, for the tapestry of The Miraculous Draft of Fishes, commissioned by Pope Leo X for the Sistine Chapel. The cartoon shows two boats on the water. On the left Christ is seated, with the Apostles Peter and Andrew in astonishment before him. Their boat is full of fish. The second boat shows two fishermen hauling in their nets full of fish, while another steers the boat. In the foreground is a group of birds. In the distance on the right is the shore with crowds and buildings.

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Additional Creators: School of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours