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Prometheus


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Description According to ancient Greek mythology, the giant Prometheus created the first man out of clay and gave him fire, essential for the development of technology and the arts, by which men became more like gods themselves. Zeus, the king of the gods, punished him for this, chaining him to a mountainside and sending an eagle that every day pecked out Prometheus's liver, which re-grew overnight. He was eventually freed by Hercules. Many artists of the Baroque period sought to depict extreme emotions through body language. Prometheus's convulsed body, splayed diagonally across the rock (a 19th-century replacement, originally including a tiny chain to hold him down), and face distorted by screaming, convey his pain.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/01/1958Treatmentcleaned
4/21/1988Examinationexamined for condition
7/02/1990Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Raoul Heilbronner, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase, Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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Period
ca. 1650-1680
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.618
Measurements
12 11/16 x 18 13/16 in. (32.3 x 47.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy, Rome (Place of Origin)
  • Italy, Florence (Place of Origin)

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