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Putti: a ceiling decoration

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.

Not currently on display

Artist
Manner of Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Date
c.1660s
Dimensions
172.7 x 133.7 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG001