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Title

Study for 'Prometheus'

1979

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    65.1995.17
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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    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.

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