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The Sacrifice of the Old Covenant

1626
painting by Peter Paul Rubens (Museum: Museum of Fine Arts)

This oil sketch is the design for one tapestry in a cycle known as The Triumph of the Eucharist. The Old Testament sacrifice of a lamb was presented as a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Christ, commemorated in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. Rubens depicted the scene as if on a tapestry suspended from the surrounding architecture; the illusion in the final woven version would be of one tapestry within another. [source]

Wikimedia Commons
Size:
Height: 87.6 cm (34.5 in). Width: 70.5 cm (27.8 in)
Medium:
Oil on canvas
License:
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
For more:
http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/the-sacrifice-of-the-…
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