The exhibition of Raphael's cartoons and tapestries for the Sistine Chapel at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been extended by one week due to popular demand, and will now end on Sunday 31st October.
Raphael's tapestries depict the Acts of St. Peter and St. Paul and are on permanent display in the Vatican Pinacoteca. They were commissioned by Pope Leo X to be placed in the Sistine Chapel alongside the frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament and life of Jesus, created by Michelangelo and other fifteenth century artists. In 1519 the tapestries were displayed for the first time in the Sistine Chapel, causing amazement and admiration among those who saw them
Promotional video by the V&A:-
Catholic Communications Network, in association with Clifton Diocese, have produced a series of podcasts to accompany the exhibiton. Fathers Christopher Whitehead and Michael McAndrew of the Clifton Diocese are joined by Dr James Hanvey, Director of Heythrop College, University of London, to discuss the works.
They can be downloaded here.
|Madonna del Prato - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna|
Also, the first of Matthew Collings' series for the BBC on Renaissance paintings has just been aired. Its subject is the Madonna del Prato by Raphael.
You can watch it on BBCi player (UK only) here:
Renaissance Revolution 1: Raphael - The Madonna of the Meadow