Inventory number
P02041
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish)
Title
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Chronology
Ca. 1636
Technique
Óleo
Support
Tabla
Dimensions
26,4 cm x 41,7 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Mitología
On display
No
Provenance
Donación duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889

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 Metamorphosis.

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 aspecdts of the frescos with which Raphael decorated the Villa Farnesina in Rome.

 
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