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Detail from the miraculous Draft of Fishes, showing Christ and the disciples in a fishing boat

Treasures of the High Renaissance

Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Christ’s Charge to Peter c.1514

RCIN 912751

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An offset from a preparatory drawing for the cartoon of Christ’s Charge to Peter. It was made by laying a blank, slightly dampened sheet of paper over a chalk drawing, and pressing or rubbing the two to produce a reversed impression. Offsets could be used during the preparatory process to monitor the final effect of a composition when the end product also reversed the design, as with mosaics, prints and tapestries, which are woven from the back.