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An image of Study for 'Prometheus' by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
Study for 'Prometheus'
Year
1979
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
charcoal
Dimensions

47.5 x 30.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., charcoal "Gleeson/ 18.1.79.".
Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1995
Accession number
65.1995.17
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Location
Not on display
Further information

Greek mythology credits Prometheus with creating the first man from clay and stealing fire from the gods for use by mankind. Jupiter, father of the gods, decreed that Prometheus suffer the punishment of being chained to a rock where his liver was fed upon daily by an eagle. Prometheus has been variously associated with bringing civilisation, freedom and creative inspiration to humanity.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 68.

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 68 (colour illus.). cat.no. 24

Exhibition history (1)

James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003