About this artwork
Peter Paul Rubens designed this elaborate oil sketch as part of a tapestry series intended for the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. Rubens created two tiers of celebrants—the heavenly on the upper level and the earthly on the lower level—adoring the Eucharist, an important sacrament in the Roman Catholic Church, which is lifted by two angels beneath a central arch. The series’ patron, Spanish archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia, is represented in a nun’s habit at the lower left to signify her piety and reinforce her status as an important patron of the arts in the ruling Habsburg family.
- Peter Paul Rubens
- The Adoration of the Eucharist
- Flanders (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on panel
- 31.5 × 32 cm (12 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection