The tapestries Raphael designed for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City are masterpieces of High Renaissance art. The full-size designs Raphael made for them, the famous Cartoons, have been on display in the V&A since 1865. This book introduces and contextualizes the cartoons and the tapestries made from them. It looks at how and why they were made, before discussing each subject individually in terms of sources and composition. Accessible and beautiful, it will be essential reading for all Raphael and Renaissance enthusiasts.
Clare Browne is a curator in the Furniture, Textiles & Fashion Department at the V&A. Mark Evans is senior curator in the Word & Image Department at the V&A.