Collection: Triumph of the Eucharist over Idolatry

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Peter Paul Rubens – c. 1625

The Eucharist series, which celebrates the glory of the Roman Catholic Church, was presented by the Infanta to the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (Convent of the Barefoot Royals) in Madrid. Together, the sumptuous tapestries formed a complex illusionistic decoration. They decorated the convent church on important occasions marked by elaborate ceremony and may occasionally have hung on the exterior of the building. Rubens drew on a wide range of classical and Christian iconography, and traditional allegories of good versus evil, to express the spiritual victory of the Catholic Church over its foes. Powerful figures in motion, rich color, and playful illusions abound, as Rubens created different levels of reality to engage and delight the observer.