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Putti: a ceiling decoration

Peter Paul Rubensc.1660s

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The composition of this canvas is possibly derived from Rubens' cycle of tapestries on the subject of the Eucharist (c.1626), created for the monastery of the Escalzas Reales, Madrid. The tapestry, with a similar miriad of angels, was designed to hang on a wall, but here the angels are seen as if from below thus imitate the perspective of a ceiling piece.

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  • Title: Putti: a ceiling decoration
  • Date: c.1660s
  • Physical Dimensions: w1337 x h1727 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Possibly related to Rubens' cycle of tapestries on the subject of the Eucharist (c.1626), created for the monastery of the Escalzas Reales, Madrid (but now helh in various locations), where a tapestry with a similar flock of angels is hung on a wall, but imitating the perspective "di sotto in su" of a ceiling piece.
  • Work Nationality: Flemish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: Bourgeois bequest, 1811
  • Manner of: Rubens, Sir Peter Paul
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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