Prometheus : The Myth Of Prometheus

1819 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 8 Pages
As legend dictates, the myth of Prometheus represents one of the most cruel and heartbreaking depictions of what it means to betray authority in doing what one believes to be best. As the myth goes, Prometheus was a Titan instrumental who was instrumental in shaping the human race. In order to make man feel less vulnerable and weak, Prometheus decided to steal fire from the forges of Hephaestus so that humans could create tools out of metal; he sought to empower humans in their struggles with this gift. However, Zeus was angry with Prometheus for his transgression, and therefore punished him by isolating him and chaining him to a rock, and sending an eagle each and every day to peck out his liver for all of eternity (Cartwright). Stories like those of the Titan have been captured via art throughout history. Both the Renaissance and the Baroque period referred back to and paid homage to many classical elements of Greco-Roman culture through architecture, sculpture, and painting. This classical influence, along with a renewed devotion to religion inspired by the Counter-Reformation, used art to inspire emotion in the churchgoers’ and the general public audience. One of these artists was the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, who painted both religious and mythological scenes. One of his greatest works was a gigantic canvas representing the punishment of Prometheus that was co-painted with his assistant, Frans Snyders. Rubens’ Prometheus Bound represents how mythological…
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