Getty Foundation Makes Award to Prado for Conservation of Peter Paul Rubens Painting

. July 10, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Getty Foundation has awarded nearly $390,000 to the Museo Nacional del Prado for the intricate conservation of a series of six panel paintings by Peter Paul Rubens known as the Triumph of the Eucharist—one of the most important commissions of Rubens’ lifetime. The grant is part of the Getty’s ongoing Panel Paintings Initiative, an international effort to train conservation specialists to ensure important works of art on panels survive for future generations. A previous collaboration with the Prado under the Getty’s Panel Paintings Initiative resulted in the conservation of Adam and Eve by Albrecht Dürer.

Triumph of the Eucharist over Idolatry, Peter Paul Rubens, 1625-6, oil on panel. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

In 1626, the great Netherlandish painter Peter Paul Rubens completed a suite of finished oil sketches referred to as the Triumph of the Eucharist series, which symbolize the devotion to the Holy Sacrament of the Communion. These paintings on panel were commissioned by the deeply religious Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia, ruler of the Southern Netherlands and a member of the Spanish royal family, as studies for large, extravagant tapestries to be hung in the convent Clares de Descalzas Reales in Madrid, where they hang to this day.

The new grant brings the total amount awarded by the Getty Foundation through the Panel Paintings Initiative to more than $2.5 million. Previous grants have funded a survey of significant museum collections of panel paintings and of professionals in the field undertaken by the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, a collaborative project between the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Prado Museum in Madrid that resulted in the conservation of the great Adam and Eve by Albrecht Dürer, and the conservation of The Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan van Eyck (the Ghent Altarpiece) of 1432 and The Last Supper by Giorgio Vasari of 1546, all highly significant works of art.

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