Paul Preaching at Athens. Acts Chap. XVII.[parallel text in Latin]
London. Printed for John Bowles in Cornhil, & Carington Bowles in St Pauls Church Yard.
Mezzotint, platemark approx 260 x 350mm (10¼ x 13¾"). Crease lower left & right.
Paul preaching to councillors at the Areopagus (seat of the judicial council) at Athens). One from a set of seven mezzotints reproducing Raphael's cartoons, commissioned by Pope Leo X as designs for a set of large designs for tapestries to cover the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel. In 1623 the seven cartoons, depicting the Acts of St Peter and St Paul, were brought to England by Charles I. They were long displayed at Hampton Court and various engravings such as these in the 18th century reinforced the reputation of the cartoons as some of the most significant artworks in the country. Since 1865 they have been on loan from the Royal Collection to London's Victoria & Albert Museum, where they are permanently displayed together.
For the full set of seven, see ref. 34028. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34031] £90.00