Vatican City, Feb 17, 2020 / 11:07 am America/Denver (CNA).
Five hundred years after the death of Renaissance artist Raphael, the Vatican Museums has returned the tapestries he designed to their original place in the Sistine Chapel for just one week.
“The value of these tapestries is above all the fact that they complete the religious message of the [Sistine] Chapel,” Alessandra Rodolfo, the exhibit’s curator, told CNA Feb. 17.
The ten tapestries, which show scenes from the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, were commissioned by Leo X in 1515. Raphael made full-size sketches for their design.
The hangings themselves were completed by an influential Flemish tapestry weaver, Pieter van Aelst, in his studio in Brussels.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spent part of the early morning in the Sistine Chapel seeing these Raphael-designed tapestries from the 1500s. <br><br>They tell the stories of Sts. Peter & Paul and were commissioned by Pope Leo X to hang beneath Michelangelo's masterpiece.<br><br>They'll be displayed here just one week. <a href="https://t.co/XhabRsNVXH">pic.twitter.com/XhabRsNVXH</a></p>— Hannah Brockhaus (@HannahBrockhaus) <a href="https://twitter.com/HannahBrockhaus/status/1229352568255664129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>