Torture of Prometheus

Torture of Prometheus is an oil painting by Salvator Rosa (1615 – 1663)

The scene depicts a story from Greek mythology, wherein Prometheus, one of the Titans, is punished by Zeus for having provided humanity with fire. The punishment was to chain Prometheus to a rock in the Caucusus, and that an eagle would arrive and feast on his liver. Daily his wounds would heal, his liver regenerate, and the eagle would return to again torture him. At Prometheus’ feet is a torch representative of his sin.

The scene has been represented by other contemporary painters, I collected a view to show on this blog.

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