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The Miraculous Draft of Fishes

Raphaelc.1515 - c.1516

Royal Collection Trust, UK

Royal Collection Trust, UK

This cartoon for the tapestry of 'The Miraculous Draft of Fishes' was commissioned by Pope Leo X for the Sistine Chapel. It shows two boats on the water. On the left Christ is seated, with the Apostles Peter and Andrew in astonishment before him. Their boat is full of fish. The second boat shows two fishermen hauling in their nets full of fish, while another steers the boat. In the foreground is a group of birds. In the distance on the right is the shore with crowds and buildings.

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Details

  • Title: The Miraculous Draft of Fishes
  • Creator: Raphael
  • Date Created: c.1515 - c.1516
  • Support: many sheets of paper, mounted on canvas
  • Provenance: Purchased by Charles I (when Prince of Wales), 1623; on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum since 1865
  • Physical Dimensions: w3990 x h3190 mm
  • Object description: A full-scale drawing, known as a cartoon, for the tapestry of 'The Miraculous Draft of Fishes', commissioned by Pope Leo X for the Sistine Chapel. The cartoon shows two boats on the water. On the left Christ is seated, with the Apostles Peter and Andrew in astonishment before him. Their boat is full of fish. The second boat shows two fishermen hauling in their nets full of fish, while another steers the boat. In the foreground is a group of birds. In the distance on the right is the shore with crowds and buildings.
  • Type: Drawings
  • Rights: Supplied by Royal Collection Trust / (c) HM Queen Elizabeth II 2012
  • External Link: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/912944
  • Medium: Bodycolour over charcoal

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