Raphael 1483 – 1520

The Sacrifce at Lystra

bodycolour on paper on canvas (350 × 560 cm) — 1515-1516 Museum Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Raphael biography

This work is linked to Acts 14:11

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Paul and his companion Barnabas tear their clothes. They do so because they are appalled by the sacrifices the citizens of Lystra want to bring them. The Lystrians view them as gods after Peter healed a crippled man. Barnabas appeals to the young man to stop the man with the ax.

The work is a design for a tapestry in the Sistine Chapel.

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