Peter De Francia Prometheus Offering a Torch 1983

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Artist
Peter De Francia 1921–2012
Title
Prometheus Offering a Torch
Date 1983
Medium Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 559 x 736 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Reference
T04143
Not on display

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Peter de Francia has made two series of drawings based on classical subjects. One series focuses on the Minotaur while the other, from which this drawing is taken, looks at the role of Prometheus. In this drawing Prometheus brings to earth the fire that he has stolen from the gods. He erupts into a calm, pastoral scene, bringing progress to people who are either indifferent or too shocked to know what to do with his volatile gift. De Francia was interested in the ambiguity of Prometheus' position: he can be viewed as either a great liberator or as an irresponsible thief.

August 2004

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