The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian' Review
The Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2015
"An image of superhuman strength rendered helpless before animal savagery, the monumental painting “Prometheus Bound
” by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Frans Snyders (1579-1657) violently exemplifies the visceral energy of Baroque art. - - -it is a treasure of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give it to humankind. The gift made humans superior to all other creatures and threatened the hegemony of Olympus. Therefore, as punishment, Zeus, king of the gods, ordered Prometheus chained to a mountain, where an eagle gnawed daily at his liver, which regenerated itself each night.
Prometheus' gift of fire and creativity is hopeful. Given today's obsession with fictional superheroes and new mythologies, one hopes that “Prometheus Eternal” will draw new crowds to behold the Baroque superheroes - - - ."