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RAPHAEL (URBINO 1483-ROME 1520)

The Conversion of the Proconsul Sergius Paulus

c.1514

RCIN 912750

In 1513 Pope Leo X commissioned Raphael to design a set of tapestries of the Acts of the Apostles, to be hung in the Sistine Chapel. Raphael painted ten full-size cartoons as models for the weavers in Brussels; the seven surviving cartoons were purchased by the future Charles I in 1623. In this elaborate study St Paul strikes blind the magician Elymas, thus converting the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus to Christianity. No. 12

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