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Raphael's Works Other works
After his arrival in Rome portraits become a secondary task for Raphael, being him highly committed in the great Vatican projects. Among the others, he portrayed of course the two popes Julius II and Leo X, the latter being considered one of his finest portraits.
One of the most important commissions he received by the popes was the series of ten cartoons for tapestries with scenes of the lives of Saint Paul and Saint Peter, intended as wall decoration for the Sistine Chapel. The cartoons were sent to Bruxelles to be sewn in the workshop of Pier van Aelst; first three tapestries were sent to Rome in 1519. It is possible that Raphael could see the finished series before his death: they were completed in 1520 for Leo X.