Inventory number
P02042
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish)
Title
Promethius
Chronology
Ca. 1636
Technique
Óleo
Support
Tabla
Dimensions
25,7 cm x 16,6 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Mitología
On display
No
Provenance
Donación duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889

The mythological hero, Promethius, 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 Thogony is depicted in Ruben's sketch. Here, the artist captures the moment when, fleeing from heavenly Olympus, Promethius 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.

 
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