The Easel

The Layers of History Behind Raphael’s Tapestries at the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo was irked by Raphael. Compared to the former, Raphael was just an upstart. Yet somehow Raphael won a papal commission for a set of tapestries. Those tapestries were recently reunited in the Sistine Chapel, for just one week. “[Their] overall effect is sumptuous, even awe-inspiring, and their level of detail is astonishing. [They reveal] the Sistine Chapel not just as a complete work of art, but as a complete cultural artifact”.