Study for Male Figure, Prometheus Fountain, Rockefeller Center

  • Paul Manship, Study for Male Figure, Prometheus Fountain, Rockefeller Center, modeled 1934, cast posthumously, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1971.13

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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.

Title
Study for Male Figure, Prometheus Fountain, Rockefeller Center
Artist
Date
modeled 1934, cast posthumously
On View
Dimensions
9 x 14 1/2 x 4 in. (22.9 x 36.8 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Allegory
  • Figure male – child – full length
Object Number
1971.13
Palette
Linked Open Data
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