<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>
The works will be displayed in the Sistine Chapel Feb. 17-23, after which they will return to the Raphael Room of the Vatican Museums' Pinacoteca area, where they have hung since 1932, Rodolfo said.
The tapestries were made to accompany Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which were finished in 1512, as well as the slightly earlier Renaissance frescoes depicting the life of Moses and the life of Christ on the walls of the chapel.
They hang on the lower part of the walls, which are painted to look like curtains.
The tapestries arrived at the Vatican between 1519 and 1521. Raphael himself, who died in 1520, did not live to see them all completed.
"Raphael, together with Leo X, conceived the iconographic project of the tapestries," Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, said.