On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael (1483–1520), the Gallery of Old Masters presents an extensive special exhibition "Raphael is the power of images. Tapestries and their effects"dedicated to the Dresden tapestries of the outstanding artist and architect of the Italian Renaissance.
Since 1515, he created ten large-format tapestries on behalf of Pope Leo X. The tapestries for the Sistine Chapel were woven in Brussels. These tapestries, which are now in the Vatican Pinakothek, were first hanged on Christmas Day 1519. They show scenes from the lives of the two main apostles Peter and Paul. Raphael's tapestries, now part of the Victoria and Albert Museum collection in London, reappeared in Genoa in 1623, where they were acquired by Prince of Wales and then King of England Charles I.