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Raphael: The Conversion of the Proconsul

Raphael 1483 – 1520

The Conversion of the Proconsul

bodycolour on paper on canvas (340 × 450 cm) — 1515-1516 Museum Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Raphael biography

This work is linked to Acts 13:11

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On his journey through Cyprus the apostle Paul arrives at the court of the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus. Paul tries to convert the proconsul, but is interrupted by a magician called Bar-Jesus. Paul strikes the man with temporary blindness. The proconsul, impressed, immediately converts to christendom.

The work is a design for a tapestry in the Sistine Chapel. It is also known as The Blinding of Elymas. Elymas is Bar-Jesus' Greek name.

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Title: Raphael: The Conversion of the Proconsul
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First published: 27 September 2005
Last modified: 17 February 2010