The Raphael Cartoons are considered among the greatest treasures of the Renaissance.
One of the V&A’s largest and most dramatic galleries, the Raphael Court is almost identical in proportions to the Sistine Chapel and was last refurbished from 1992 to 1996. A full redecoration of the space in 2020 as part of the V&A’s FuturePlan programme will highlight the Raphael Cartoons within the space, using a darker colour paint on the walls to help focus the eye on the Cartoons’ vibrant palette.
High-definition images, infra-red and 3D scans of the Cartoons will be available in the gallery as well as online, enabling the public to explore the Cartoons in unprecedented detail and deepening access to these unique and monumental works of art.
The refurbishment of The Raphael Court is supported by Lydia and Manfred Gorvy, Julia and Hans Rausing, American Express, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, the American Friends of the V&A, and many other generous donors.Learn more: “V&A to mark 500th anniversary of Raphael's death with refreshed gallery” – Alain.R.Truong