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After a work attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864393

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A photograph of a drawing attributed to Raphael in the Royal Collection (RCIN 912749). The drawing is a study for the final composition of 'The Miraculous Draught of Fishes', one from a set of ten tapestry cartoons depicting episodes from the lives of St Peter and St Paul, commissioned from Raphael by Pope Leo X in c.1515. The tapestries were woven in the Brussels workshop of Pieter van Aelst and were intended to be hung in the Sistine Chapel. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.

The Windsor drawing was reproduced in a chiaroscuro woodcut by Niccolò Vicentino; see RCINs 853019 and 853020

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 853018) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 31 (970590)

  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    Saint Peter
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Christ Calling the Apostles
                • Christ-Miraculous Draught of Fishes
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Fish
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Tapestries
        • Tapestry designs
          • Tapestry cartoons of Raphael (Acts of the Apostles)
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.223, no.357

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.99-103, no.25