Raphael Tapestries in the Columbus Museum of Art in the only US exhibition – The Columbus Dispatch | Candle Made Easy

Six huge, breathtaking tapestries designed by Italian Renaissance master Raphael are being shown for the first time in the United States at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Running through October 30, Raphael – The Power of Renaissance Imagery: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact is a collaboration between the Columbus Museum and the Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (GAM). The Columbus Museum is the first and only location in the US for the tapestries, which will most likely not travel to the US for decades.

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The tapestries, each about 20 feet tall and depicting New Testament scenes featuring the apostles Peter and Paul, are the focal points of this multifaceted exhibition. Also included are two reproductions of Raphael’s tapestry preparatory paintings – known as cartoons – as well as nearly 50 other paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by the tapestries or reflecting the young artist’s widespread influence.

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