The Dispute of the Holy Sacrament

size(cm): 55x40
Sale price£150 GBP


The Disputation Of The Holy Sacrament by Peter Paul Rubens is a Flemish Baroque masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. Housed in the Palatine Gallery of the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, this painting is one of Rubens' most important works and one of the most impressive of the 17th century.

The composition of the painting is impressive, with a large number of figures that intertwine in a dramatic and emotional scene. The scene represents a theological dispute about the Eucharist, with figures representing saints and angels in a heavenly setting. The composition is dynamic and full of movement, with figures that seem to be floating in the air.

Color is another prominent aspect of the painting. Rubens uses a rich and vibrant palette, with warm, bright tones that create a sense of light and movement. Gold and red tones are especially prominent, giving the painting a feeling of warmth and energy.

The story behind the painting is equally fascinating. It was commissioned by King Philip IV of Spain in 1626 to decorate the chapel of the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. The painting was shipped to Spain in 1639, but never reached its final destination due to Rubens' death in 1640. Instead, the painting was sold to an Italian collector, eventually ending up in the Palatina Gallery in Florence.

There are some lesser known aspects of the painting that are also interesting. For example, Rubens included his own image in the painting, as one of the angels holding the host. The figure of the Virgin Mary is also believed to have been modeled after Rubens' wife, Isabella Brant.

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