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Detail from the miraculous Draft of Fishes, showing Christ and the disciples in a fishing boat

Treasures of the High Renaissance

Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The Conversion of the Proconsul c.1514

Metalpoint, brown wash, white heightening and later pen and ink, over stylus lines, pin-pointing and black chalk underdrawing, on pale buff prepared paper | 26.9 x 35.4 cm | RCIN 912750

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A fully worked-up study for the cartoon for the tapestry of The Conversion of the Proconsul for the Sistine chapel, Palazzi Vaticani, Rome.

This drawing is Raphael’s study for the cartoon of the Conversion of the Proconsul, also known as the Blinding of Elymas. The episode is described in Acts (13:6-12). The magician Elymas tried to prevent the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus from hearing the preaching of Paul and Barnabas; Paul struck Elymas blind, and thereby the proconsul was converted.