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The Marvels of Peter Paul Rubens’s “The Triumph of the Eucharist” Online

Catch a glimpse of the Prado’s exhibition Rubens, The Triumph of the Eucharist through a series of short videos. The exhibition travels to the Getty on October 14

The exquisite talents of Peter Paul Rubens are currently on view at The Prado Museum in an exhibition called Rubens. The Triumph of the Eucharist, closing this Sunday. For those of us unable to visit in person, the Prado has posted lovely videos with English subtitles about the exhibition, which gives us online viewers a peek.

Rubens used his series of Triumph of the Eucharist paintings to design the energetic compositions of enormous tapestries for the Convent of the Barefoot Royals (Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales), a favorite of Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia, ruler of the Southern Netherlands and a deeply religious member of the Spanish royal family.

Rubens's Triumph of the Eucharist at the Prado

Inside the Prado exhibition with tapestries of the Triumph of the Eucharist created from Rubens’s oil sketches. These will be on view at the Getty Museum in fall 2014. Photo © Museo Del Prado

The Prado has been able to conserve this magnificent group of six panel paintings from the early 1620s—one of the most important commissions of Rubens’s lifetime—thanks in part to a two-year grant from the Getty Foundation. The grant is part of an international effort by the Getty called the Panel Paintings Initiative to train conservation specialists to ensure that important works of art on panels survive for future generations. (As gorgeous as the paintings themselves are, the reverse of Rubens’s masterpieces also tell an interesting story about their history. Read more about that in a previous Iris post here.)

The best news is that these beautiful panel paintings, along with some of the monumental tapestries, will be traveling to the Getty Museum in October and will be on view Oct. 14 through Jan. 11 in Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist, so visitors in Los Angeles will also be able to see these beautiful works in person. Consider this video a small taste of what’s to come!

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      Olympian Census #4: Aphrodite

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Venus

      Employment: Goddess of Love and Beauty

      Place of residence: Mount Olympus

      Parents: Born out of sea foam formed when Uranus’s castrated genitals were thrown into the ocean

      Marital status: Married to Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths, but had many lovers, both immortal and mortal

      Offspring: Aeneas, Cupid, Eros, Harmonia, Hermaphroditos, and more

      Symbol: Dove, swan, and roses

      Special talent: Being beautiful and sexy could never have been easier for this Greek goddess

      Highlights reel:

      • Zeus knew she was trouble when she walked in (Sorry, Taylor Swift) to Mount Olympus for the first time. So Zeus married Aphrodite to his son Hephaestus (Vulcan), forming the perfect “Beauty and the Beast” couple.
      • When Aphrodite and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, both fell in love with the beautiful mortal boy Adonis, Zeus gave Adonis the choice to live with one goddess for 1/3 of the year and the other for 2/3. Adonis chose to live with Aphrodite longer, only to die young.
      • Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman, to Paris, a Trojan prince, to win the Golden Apple from him over Hera and Athena. She just conveniently forgot the fact that Helen was already married. Oops. Hello, Trojan War!

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.


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