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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 Miraculous Draft of Fishes c.1515-6

Bodycolour over charcoal on many sheets of paper, mounted on canvas | 319.0 x 399.0 cm | RCIN 912944

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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.