These seven cartoons were executed by Raphael and his studio for a series of tapestries commonly called the Acts of the Apostles. The cartoons were purchased by the future Charles I in 1623 and are on loan from Her Majesty The Queen to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The ten original tapestries, intended to be hung in the Sistine Chapel on feast days, are housed in the Vatican Museums. Three of Raphael’s preparatory studies for the cartoons are also in the Royal Collection.
The Raphael Cartoons at the Victoria & Albert Museum A tale of two Raphaels:
Watch a video produced by the Victoria & Albert Museum to mark the current exhibition of the Cartoons and four of the tapestries, including a section filmed in the Print Room at Windsor Castle.