The V&A aims to be the world’s premier museum of art, design and performance, and share it with the widest possible audience, with centres across the UK and in China.
The museum, which began in 1852, has artefacts which span over 5,000 years, detailing human creativity over this period. It is one of London’s most visited tourist attractions, nestled in South Kensington, next to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is helping the V&A mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, donating £500,000 to support the transformation of Raphael Court and how visitors experience the Raphael Cartoons, loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty the Queen.
The project will make the Raphael Cartoons, considered some of the greatest treasures of the Renaissance, more accessible to the general public. The Cartoons are tapestries which replicate the originals in the Vatican, and have been kept on public display in the V&A since 1865, having being originally loaned by Queen Victoria.
The Trust hopes the refurbished exhibit will enhance appreciation for the Cartoons for current and future generations.
Dr Ana Debenedetti, Lead Curator of the Raphael Project and Curator of Paintings
“The set of seven surviving tapestry Cartoons by Raphael comprise a unique Renaissance treasure, both in terms of aesthetic value and technical achievement.”