Artist: Jan Cossiers (1600–1671) Title: Prometheus Carrying Fire. Date: 17th century. Medium: Unknown. Dimensions: 182 x 113 cm. Current location: Prado Museum.
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Prometheus, son of the Titan Japetus by the sea nymph Clymene, is the chief "culture hero" of Greek mythology. The mythology of the world reveals a long array of culture heroes, but all copy more or less from the character given to Prometheus. He is the friend and benefactor of mankind. He defends them against Zeus, who, in accordance with a widely diffused mythical theory desires to destroy the human race and supplant them with a new and better species, or who simply revenges a trick in which men got the better of him.
Text credit: Title: Mile-stones of history, literature, travel, mythology, sculpture, and art. Author: Frank McAlpine. Publisher: Elliott & Beezley, 1887. Original from: the New York Public Library. Digitized: Jun 17, 2010. Length: 384 pages. Subjects: Literature.