Their design had to be dramatic, imposing, unique but rendered by the Tapestry Maker chosen, in this case Pieter van Aelst from Brussels, "The Tapissier du Roy" (the Kings’ Weaver) used by all European Kings, Emperor, aristocrats of the 16 C.
Inspired by the Acts of the Apostles and created during the summit of Raphael's artistic career, he was able to see their realisation in December 1519. He died three months later.
Joshua Reynolds wrote "the most considerable and most esteemed works of Raffaello, are his Fresco Pictures in the Vatican and his Cartoons in England…", Discourses 1778 and John Pope Hennessy described as "the main scenes in the History of early Christianity interpreted by one of the world’s greatest artists in his full maturity." London 1950
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