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A cartoon for the tapestry of Christ's Charge to Peter for the Sistine Chapel. Christ is standing on the left, pointing behind himself to a flock of sheep and in front to the keys held by Peter, who is kneeling. The other disciples stand in a group at the

Discover Prince Albert’s passion for the work of Raphael


Raphael (1483-1520) second quarter nineteenth century

29.4 x 15.0 x 10.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 41331

Drawing Room, Osborne House

Queen Victoria received this bust of Raphael as a 28th birthday present from Prince Albert on 24 May 1847. It was one of a set of 12 bronze statues from the antique that Albert gave to his wife. The statues had not arrived in time for the birthday morning, and according to Victoria the Prince was 'in despair' at their absence. Happily they arrived later in the day, and the Queen thought them ’most beautiful'.