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Recording Raphael

Prince Albert's visionary project

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Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
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  • Windsor Castle
  • Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019
  • 18:30 - 20:00
  • £15.00, concessions £13.50

Explore and discuss with our curators as they display examples from the Raphael Collection.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were early enthusiasts of photography and closely followed the development of the medium. They not only used photography to capture and record personal and pubic moments but they also used the medium to develop the Raphael Collection, a great art-historical resource of 5,000 photographs and prints that survives in its entirety in the Print Room at Windsor Castle today.

While on his Grand Tour in 1839, Albert travelled to Florence and to Rome. From this moment onwards, Prince Albert nurtured a love and admiration of the Renaissance artist throughout his life.  He shared this passion with Queen Victoria during their marriage resulting with the two exchanging Raphael-inspired gifts to one another on special occasions such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

Prince Albert's mission was to record every known work of art by or after Raphael, from the smallest drawing to the largest fresco, using the new invention of photography as well as reproductive prints to aid both art students and connoisseurs. 

This event is part of our bicentenary celebrations for the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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