About this artwork
This important drawing is one of a group of preparatory designs for a Roman Catholic prayer book (the Breviarium Romanum) that was reissued in 1614 under the new parameters of Counter-Reformation liturgy. This scene, in which Peter Paul Rubens placed the figure of Judas—instead of Christ—as center-most in the composition, preceded prayers celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi. The layered used of media and precise placement of compositional elements reflect Rubens’s intense desire to control the printed versions of his designs.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Peter Paul Rubens
- The Last Supper
- Made 1613–1614
- Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of white opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised for transfer
- Inscribed verso of mount, upper left, in graphite: "246"; inscribed by Goll van Franckenstein, lower left, in pen and brown ink: "N 4050"; lower left, in graphite: "Rubens...(possible date)"; lower right, in graphite: "L (illegible) 1 6 / 20269702 1"
- 302 × 197 mm
- Promised gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray
- Obj: 202252