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After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The conversion of the proconsul Sergius Paulus c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864425

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1514) now in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912750). The drawing corresponds very closely to the cartoon for the tapestry of 'The Conversion of the Proconsul Sergius Paulus', one of the ten Sistine Chapel tapestries designed by Raphael under commission of Pope Leo X. The cartoon is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum on loan from the Royal Collection (RCIN 912948).

The drawing has often been described as the model for Agostino Veneziano's engraving of this subject dated 1516, with which it corresponds exactly (both in size and all details). An impression of Agostino's engraving can be found at RCIN 853161. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 853160) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 32 (970591)
  • Creator(s)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    Saint Paul
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Sistine Chapel [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Sistine Chapel tapestries
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.225, no.363

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.108-11, no.27