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Symposium: Peter Paul Rubens's Triumph of the Eucharist Series

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, March 30-31, 2012

Around 1625, Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566-1633), daughter of King Philip II of Spain and regent of the Spanish Netherlands, commissioned a sumptuous series of twenty tapestries from her court painter and advisor, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Conceived as a gift for the Convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid, the tapestries together represent the Triumph of the Eucharist, expounding on this fundamental tenet of Counter-Reformation faith. Thirty years have passed since the publication of the magisterial Corpus Rubenianum volume on the Eucharist series; the time is ripe for new research and perspectives.

This symposium held March 30-31, 2012 included papers by Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Marjorie Wieseman (National Gallery, London), Anne T. Woollett (J. Paul Getty Museum), Fiona Healy (Independent Scholar), Koenraad Brosens (University of Leuven), Ana García Sanz (Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Patrimonio Nacional), Susan Merriam (Bard College), and Virginia Brilliant (The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art).

Friday, March 30, 2012
Welcome

STEVEN HIGH, Director
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Keynote Address
Before Ringling: Rubens in America
ARTHUR K. WHEELOCK, JR.
Curator of Northern Baroque Painting
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

SATURday, March 31, 2012
Papers & Discussions

Welcome
MAUREEN THOMAS-ZAREMBA
Curator of Education
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Peter Paul Rubens's Triumph of the Eucharist Series:
A Welcome and an Introduction

VIRGINIA BRILLIANT
Curator of European Art before 1850
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Art in an Era of Reform

Archduchess Isabella: Art and Authority During the
Golden Age of the Southern Netherlands
ANNE WOOLLETT, Curator, Department of Paintings
J. Paul Getty Museum

Rubens's Eucharist Tapestries in the Counter-
Reformation and Habsburg Context

SUSAN MERRIAM, Assisstant Professor of Art History
Bard College

Discussion
ALEXANDRA LIBBY, Samuel H. Kress Fellow,
National Gallery of Art
Ph.D. candidate, University of Maryland

Facture and Function: The Making and
Meaning of the Eucharist Series

Inspiration Meets Ingenuity:
Designing Tapestries in Rubens's Workshop

MARJORIE WIESMAN, Curator of Dutch Painting,
National Gallery, London

Rubens's Triumph of the Eucharist Tapestries: Roles
and Rituals in the Convent and the City

ANA GARCíA SANZ, Curator, Monasterio Descalzas Reales,
Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid

Discussion
ALEXANDRA LIBBY

Invention and Innovation in the Eucharist
Series: Rubens as Tapestry Designer

Defying Convention, Creating Illusion:
Rubens and the Tapestry Border

FIONA HEALY, Independent Scholar, Centrum Rubenianum

Was Rubens a Good Tapestry Designer?
KOENRAAD BROSENS, Professor of Art History
UNiversity of Leuven

Discussion and Conclusions
ALEXANDRA LIBBY

This symposium is made possible in part through the generous support of the Koski Family Foundation.


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