Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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The Church Triumphant
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Succession of the Popes (Allegory of Eternity), ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 66 x 34.3 cm
San Diego Museum of Art (Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1947; funds for Nazi-era restitution settlement provided by the estate of Walter Fitch III, 2004), inv. 1947:8

Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

Seated in a landscape on a rocky formation is an older woman wearing a pale rose dress with a white drapery wrapped over her left shoulder and across her lap; her head and shoulders are covered by a thin yellow veil. She turns her worried face to the genius that hovers overhead in a swirl of drapery. The genius holds in his left hand a large hooplike form and with his right extends the end of a cord held also by the old woman. The cord crosses the woman's lap and is grasped by the putto standing at her knee; two additional putti carry the cord in the foreground of the scene. Pink roses are strung along the middle segment of the cord's length...

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