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 Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in Adoration, ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 66.7 x 46.7 cm
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Gift in memory of George W. Norton IV, by his mother, Mrs. George W. Norton, Jr., and his aunt, Mrs. Leonard T. Davidson, 1966.16


Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

Between a pair of rusticated Tuscan columns, a group of ecclesiastical dignitaries kneels and stands in adoration of the Eucharist. At the far right is a bishop, wearing a richly embroidered cope; immediately to the left is a pope, his papal tiara resting on the ground before him. Beyond him is a cardinal, clasping his tasseled hat, and a Dominican monk, his hands upraised in prayer. Standing behind these figures are a man holding the triple-cross staff of the papacy, another with a crozier, and a third figure of whom only the head can be seen. All of the figures look to the sky, where two putti hover in the clouds and gesture toward the left...


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