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The Adoration of the Eucharist

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.


about 1626


Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577–1640

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.


On View, Gallery 208


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


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.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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