Lecture ‘Weaving a triumph in silk and gold: Isabel Clara Eugenia and the tapestries of the Eucharist’

In the decade of 1620 the Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia of Austria (1566-1633), governor of the Low Countries, commissioned from the painter Pieter Paul Rubens the designs for producing a series of tapestries for the Convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid. The tapestries are still in situ and are commonly known as the ‘Series of the Triumph of the Eucharist’. This paper will focus on this cycle, particularly on its potential for the study of the Infanta’s Political Authority and Dynastic Conscience.

  • Date and time: 24 November 2022 10:30 – 11:30
  • Location: Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, conference roo
  • Price: Free

Dr María Cruz de Carlos Varona is Associate Professor at the Department of Art History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Her three main research areas are Women’s culture in Early Modern Spain; Religious images in Early Modern Spain and History and Culture of Printed images. At the Autónoma she’s the PI of the research project AGENART. The artistic agency of Spanish Habsburg Women, 1532-1700.

Some of her recent publications related to this talk include the monograph Nacer en Palacio. El ritual del nacimiento en la Corte Hispana de la Edad Moderna, 1570-1644, Madrid, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2018; the book chapter Débora Habsbúrgica: Isabel Clara Eugenia y el ‘Sitio de Breda’ de Jacques Callot, en, Ángela Muñoz Fernández y Jordi Luengo (eds.), Creencias y disidencias. Experiencias políticas, sociales, culturales y religiosas en la historia de las mujeres, Granada, Comares, 2020, cap. 4; and Isabel Clara Eugenia and the Tapestries of the ‘Adoration of the Eucharist’, en, Kristen Poole (ed.), Routledge Resources Online – The Renaissance World (forthcoming Fall 2022).