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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

Red chalk (offset) | 25.7 x 37.5 cm | 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.

  • Creator(s)

    Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

  • crossbow in circle

  • 25.7 x 37.5 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Christ giving the keys to St Peter

  • Bonfiglioli family, by 1696; from whom bought by Zaccaria Sagredo, 1728; from whose heirs bought by Joseph Smith, 1752; from whom bought by George III, 1762. Recorded in Inventory A, p. 48, no. 49

    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Christ's Charge to Peter (Donation of the Keys)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Sistine Chapel [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Sistine Chapel tapestries