Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640). The Victory of the Eucharist over Idolatry, about 1622–1625. Oil on panel. 25 9/16 x 35 13/16 in. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image courtesy of the Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. EX.2015.2.5
Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist 
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
October 14, 2014-January 11, 2015
In the early 1620s Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640) designed a series of 20 tapestries celebrating the glory of the Roman Catholic Church for the Spanish governor-general of the Netherlands, the Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633). Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist reunites Rubens’s exuberant oil sketches painted for this commission with the monumental original tapestries, the largest number of works for the Eucharist series assembled in over half a century. The exhibition presents an unrivaled opportunity to experience the Baroque master’s extraordinary impact on both an intimate and a monumental scale.

On view at the Getty Museum October 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015, Spectacular Rubens features six spirited painted modelli from the collection of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, the co-organizer of the exhibition; four of the original tapestries, among the most celebrated treasures of the nearby Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (Convent of the Barefoot Royals), in a rare loan from the Patrimonio Nacional; and several other paintings related to the Eucharist series by Rubens from local and national collections. The Madrid modelli have recently been conserved at the Prado with the support of a grant from the Getty Foundation through its Panel Paintings Initiative.

The exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in collaboration with the Patrimonio Nacional.
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Also on view: 

Drawing in the Age of Rubens 

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center 
October 14, 2014-January 11, 2015 

Concurrent to Spectacular Rubens, the Getty Museum will present Drawing in the Age of Rubens on view October 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015. Featuring Flemish drawings from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the 16th to 17th centuries, and will include drawings by Rubens and his pupils, predecessors and contemporaries. The survey includes landscapes, figural studies and religious subjects.

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      Drawing in the Age of Rubens (Press Release)

      Drawing in the Age of Rubens (Related Events)

Images Drawing in the Age of Rubens

Alexandria Sivak 
Getty Communications 
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