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Study for Female Figure, Prometheus Fountain, Rockefeller Center

modeled 1934, cast posthumously Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 9 x 13 x 3 3/4 in. (22.9 x 33.0 x 9.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1971.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Label

These small studies were for Paul Manship's most famous sculpture, the Prometheus Fountain in Rockefeller Center. Prometheus, the creator of mankind, stole fire from Olympus and taught man how to use it. This angered Zeus, who sentenced Prometheus to be chained to a mountain where a vulture devoured his liver every day. Manship's sculpture originally showed the colossal Prometheus handing the gift of fire to a man and woman. The entire group was installed in the central plaza of Rockefeller Center in 1934, but after a year, Manship felt that the male and female figures were "out of proportion" and they were removed. Fifty years later they were reinstated on the ground floor, in the courtyard adjacent to the central plaza.

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Allegory

Figure female - child - nude

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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