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Deucalion and Pyrrha
Rubens, Peter Paul
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Rubens, Peter Paul

Siegen, Westphalia (Germany), 1577 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1640

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Deucalion and Pyrrha

1636 - 1637. Oil on panel

Humanity´s rebirth after the flood is represented in Greek mythology through the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha. After surviving the disaster, they threw stones over their shoulders, each of which became a new being. This story is told by the classical poet, Ovid, in his Metamorphoses. This painting is a sketch by Rubens for a painting —now lost— by Jan Cossiers for the Torre de la Parada. Rubens was inspired by certain aspects of the frescos with which Raphael decorated the Villa Farnesina in Rome.

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Inventory number
P002041
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Date
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 26.4 cm.; Width: 41.7 cm.
Series
Torre de la Parada
Provenance
Bequest of María Dionisia Vives y Zires, Duchess of Pastrana, 1889

Bibliography +

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Corpus rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: an illustrated catalogue, IX, Arcade Press, Londres, 1968, pp. 200-201.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado: catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 302.

Held, Julius S., The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens : a critical catalogue..., The National Gallery of Art, Princeton, 1980, pp. 270-271.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 1032.

Vergara, Alejandro, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 548.

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Sánchez López, Andrés, La pintura de bodegones y floreros en España en el siglo XVI, Fundación Arte Hispánico, Madrid, 2008, pp. 619.

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Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 196.

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Georgievska-Shine, Aneta Silver, Larry, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Ashgate, Surrey, 2014, pp. 33 Lám.3.26.

Prado captive beauty: treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.31.

Vergara, Alejandro, 'P.P.Rubens. Serie de la Torre de la Parada' En:, Rubens: Pintor de bocetos, Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2018, pp. 208-222 n.66.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 962.
Autor P.P. Rubens / 962. Un cuadro titulado 'Deucalion y Pirra' / Alto 0,27 ancho 0,42

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Room 079 (On Display)

Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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