This composition relates to Rubens' design for a tapestry in the Royal Monastery of Las Descalzas Reales, Madrid. A preliminary sketch for the tapestry is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; a subsequent modello is in the Prado, Madrid; and a large, painted cartoon is in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida (J.S. Held, op. cit., pp. 157-158, nos. 109-110, figs. 112-113). This painting relates most closely in design to the modello in the Prado, although it excludes the baroque architectural framing, swags of fruit, trumpets and cherubs.
H. Gerson, J.W. Goodison and D. Sutton, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Catalogue of Paintings, Volume I: Dutch and Flemish Paintings, Cambridge, 1960, p. 105, under no. 241.
N. de Poorter, The Eucharist Series, Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, London and New York, I and II, 1978, p. 368, under no. 15c, copy 1.
J.S. Held, The Oil Sketches of Peter Paul Rubens: A Critical Catalogue, Princeton, 1980, pp. 158-159, under no. 110, copy 1.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Frederick A. Szarvasky, 74 Portland Place, London; (†) Christie's, London, 17 November 1950, lot 39, as 'Sir P.P. Rubens' (130 gns. to Paez).