The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

The compelling paintings and monumental tapestries of the Eucharist series were commissioned as a gift to the Convent of the Barefoot Royals (Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales) in Madrid by one of the most fascinating and powerful women of the early 17th century, the spirited Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633). This lecture by Anne Woollett considers how the Eucharist series reflects the ideals and personal priorities of the Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia as understood by her trusted advisor and court painter, Peter Paul Rubens, who designed the dynamic compositions. Seen within the context of the deep piety, visual spectacle, and even humor that characterized Isabel's court in the Netherlands, the Eucharist series embodies both political and personal significance for patron and painter.

Anne Woollett is acting head of the department of paintings, and curator of Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist at the J. Paul Getty Museum. A noted scholar of the history of Flemish art, Woollett has curated numerous exhibitions at the Getty, including Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship and Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits.

Complements the exhibition Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

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