[MR] History Blog: Raphael's Tapestry "Cartoons" Reopen at V&A

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 12:50:20 PDT 2020

Noble friends,

Today the History Blog features news that the Victoria & Albert Museum will
soon reopen their "Raphael Court" which features seven "cartoons" the
artist created for tapestries that hung in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
The cartoons are full-colored paintings that were used as templates for the
actually woven hangings: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59676 .

Only seven of the Raphael's ten cartoons survive. The tapestries themselves
also survive, but are in storage at the Vatican as they are too fragile to

The V&A plans to offer an online interactive experience of the cartoons,
but this is not yet completed. Until then, their web site does offer some
very interesting information about the cartoons:
https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/raphael-cartoons . This page includes
"The Story of the Raphael Cartoons", which can be accessed by scrolling

There is also a Wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Cartoons .

Enjoy the show.

Yours Aye,

Lord Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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