Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Rubens as Entrepreneur: Designs for Sculpture, Architecture and Prints
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Peter Paul Rubens
Last Supper, ca. 1632
Oil on panel, 61.8 x 48.5 cm
Private Collection

Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

In 1631 Rubens was commissioned by Catherine Lescuyer to paint an altarpiece for the chapel of the Confraternity of the Holy Sacrament in the church of St. Rombout (Romuald) in Mechelen, which would also serve as an epitaph for her deceased father, Pauwels Lescuyer. The large finished painting of the Last Supper (Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan) was the central focus of an ensemble that also included two predella panels by Rubens (Musèe des Beaux-Arts, Dijon) and several sculptures mounted above the main image. (On the history of the altarpiece, see Judson 2000, pp. 48-52, with further references.)..

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