The itinerary <em>TITULORECORRIDO</em> has been successfully created. Now you can add in works from the Collection browser
<em>TITULOOBRA</em> added to <em>TITULORECORRIDO</em> itinerary

Collection <Back
Prometheus
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Close Continuar a ficha de la obra

Rubens, Pieter Paul

Siegen, Westphalia, 1577 - Antwerp, 1640

Miniatura autor See author's file

Prometheus

1636 - 1637. Oil on panel

The mythological hero, Prometheus, was Jupiter´s son. He defied the gods by stealing fire from them and giving it to Humanity in order to improve their life on Earth. This story told by Hesiod in his Theogony is depicted in Ruben´s sketch. Here, the artist captures the moment when, fleeing from heavenly Olympus, Prometheus looks back. Behind him, the ire of the gods is insinuated by the sunbeams that shine through the clouds, later producing the terrible punishment the protagonist is to suffer. Rubens made this panel as a sketch for one of the paintings for the Torre de la Parada, which was executed by Jan Cossiers.

Multimedia

Technical data

Related artworks

Prometheus
Oil on canvas, 1636 - 1638
Apollo and the Python
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
Vertumnus and Pomona
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
The Rape of Europe
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
Cephalus and Procris
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
The Death of Hyacinth
Oil on panel, 1636 - 1637
Diana and her Nymphs Hunting
Oil on oak panel, 1636 - 1637
Inventory number
P002042
Author
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Title
Prometheus
Date
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 25.7 cm.; Width: 16.6 cm.
Series
Torre de la Parada
Provenance
Bequest of María Dionisia Vives y Zires, Duchess of Pastrana, 1889

Bibliography +

Rooses, Max, Rubens. S. VIe et Ses Oeuvres, Flammarion, Paris, 1903, pp. 596-599.

Corpus rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: an illustrated catalogue, IX, Arcade Press, Londres, 1968, pp. 256.

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. 294.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 1034.

Vergara, Alejandro, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 553.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Rubens en la colección Pastrana-Infantado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXI, 2003, pp. 24-40.

Classical mythology in the Netherlands in the age of Renaiss..., Peeters, Amberes, 2009.

Georgievska-Shine, Aneta Silver, Larry, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Ashgate, Surrey, 2014, pp. 28 fg.2.2.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 848.
Autor P.P. Rubens / 848. Un cuadro titulado 'Prometeo bajando del cielo' / Alto 0,25 ancho 0,17.

Exhibitions +

Rubens. Painter of Sketches
Madrid
10.04.2018 - 05.08.2018

Rubens, pintor de bocetos
Madrid
09.04.2018 - 05.08.2018

Meta-painting. A Journey to the Idea of Art
15.11.2016 - 19.02.2017

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Rubens
Madrid
05.11.2010 - 23.01.2011

Velázquez, Rubens, Claudio de Lorena y la pintura en la corte de Felipe IV
Bonn
07.10.1999 - 23.01.2000

Location +

Room C (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 18-04-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

Other works by Rubens, Pieter Paul

Print on demand

Print artworks available in our catalogue in high quality and your preferred size and finish.

Image archive

Request artworks available in our catalogue in digital format.

Up