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St. Albert of Louvain

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

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1620

Artist:

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577-1640

About this artwork

Peter Paul Rubens executed this study and 38 more as he prepared to decorate the ceiling of the Jesuit church in Antwerp. He presented such highly finished sketches to his patrons as proposals for major projects. This work shows a dramatically foreshortened saint gliding majestically on a cloud. The bold perspective would have furthered the illusion that the painting was a window in the ceiling of the church, offering a view to the open sky above. The man depicted here is the 12th-century martyr Albert of Louvain, patron saint of Archduke Albert, governor of the Spanish Netherlands.

Status

On View, Gallery 208

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Peter Paul Rubens

Title

St. Albert of Louvain

Origin

Flanders

Date

1620

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

13 5/8 × 18 in. (34.7 × 45.8 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dr. John J. Ireland

Reference Number

1968.96

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