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.