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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Bernard Picart
French, 1673–1733

Deucalion and Pyrrha Repeople the World by Throwing Stones Behind Them from The Temple of the Muses

Etching, 1731
Museum Purchase, 1984.43

Deucalion was reputed to be the son of Prometheus and the eventual king of Thessaly. Deucalion was instructed by Zeus to build an ark in anticipation of a great flood. For ten days he and his wife Pyrrha floated on the flood waters. When the waters receded, Deucalion and Pyrrha were instructed by an oracle to repopulate the earth:“Veil your heads, remove the girdles of your robes, and cast behind you the bones of your ancestors.” The “bones” were the stones of mother Earth.