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Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

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 w

Fable of Cupid and Psyche (Silver tray)
Silver. Ca. 1629
Somers I, Wierick
Fable of Cupid and Psyche (Silver tray)
Silver. Ca. 1629
Somers I, Wierick

This egg-shaped tray has scrolls and animal heads at the axes. It depicts various episodes of the myth of Psyche and Cupid, as told by Apuleius in The Golden Ass. These scenes occupy the outer part of the tray. The center has the wedding feast, attended by the Olympian gods. The artist based his drawing of groups on the compositions of Venetian prints, although the results clearly owe much to Raph

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