MFAH Lecture: "Piety and Magnificence: The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Rubens"
The compelling paintings and monumental tapestries of the Triumph 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).
In this talk, Anne Woollett considers how the series reflects the ideals and personal priorities of the Infanta 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, she demonstrates how the Eucharist series embodies both political and personal significance for patron and painter.
A reception to meet the speaker and docent-led tours follow the lecture.