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Cartoon for a tapestry - The Healing of the Lame Man (Acts 3: 1-8)
  • The Healing of the Lame Man (Acts 3: 1-8)
    Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520
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The Healing of the Lame Man (Acts 3: 1-8)

  • Object:

    Cartoon for a tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    about 1515-1516 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bodycolour on paper mounted onto canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by Her Majesty The Queen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Raphael, Room 48a, The Raphael Cartoons

The Healing of the Lame Man (Acts 3: 1-8)

The Raphael cartoons are designs for tapestries and were commissioned from Raphael by Pope Leo X (1513-21) in 1515. The tapestries were intended to hang in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, built by one of Leo's predecessors Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84). The Chapel was primarily intended for the use of the Pope and the Papal chapel, the body of clergy and Laity immediately surrounding him. The decoration of the chapel under Sixtus dealt largely with the theme of the Pope's authority. The tapestries continued this theme, illustrating scenes from the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul who were seen as the founders of the Christian Church, and the sources of the Pope's authority and power. They had in addition woven borders showing scenes from Leo's life, also designed by Raphael: the cartoons for these have not survived.

In this cartoon Peter heals a lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in Jerusalem, a miracle which symbolises Peter's conversion, or spiritual healing, of the Jews. The twisted columns are based on antique examples in St. Peter's, then thought to have come from Soloman's Temple in Jerusalem.

For further information on the Raphael Tapestry Cartoons please see the V&A website under : Collections, Paintings & Drawings, Paintings & Drawings Features, Raphael Cartoons.

Physical description

Cartoon for a tapestry

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


about 1515-1516 (made)


Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bodycolour on paper mounted onto canvas


Height: 320 cm, Width: 390 cm

Object history note

NB. While the term ‘lame’ has been used in this record, it has since fallen from usage and is now considered offensive. The term is repeated in this record in its original historical context.

Descriptive line

Raphael Cartoon The Healing of the Lame Man [Acts 3, 1-8]

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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Watercolour drawing


Paintings; Tapestry; Biblical Imagery; Drawings; Christianity; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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