Visually impaired visitors are invited to join us for an audio-described tour of the exhibition, Raphael: Prince Albert’s Passion.
The exhibition relays the fascinating story of Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael and his creation of the Raphael Collection at Windsor Castle. It reveals how Raphael caught the imagination of the Prince Consort, who embarked on a pioneering research-based project into the work of the Renaissance master, making copies of his work using the newest technology available – photography. The exhibition will reveal 500 years of reproductive techniques used to emulate Raphael’s work, not only in photography, but also in a variety of mediums including engravings, original wood-block printing and lithography.
The Raphael drawings from the Royal Collection are at the heart of the exhibition and several of them will be shown in a specially-designed space. Most of the drawings included in the display were made in preparation for major commissions, but they are important as individual works of art and reveal the artist’s working methods.
Detail of Raphael, (1483-1520), Christ’s Charge to Peter, c.1514, offset from a drawing in red chalk over stylus. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020