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Prometheus Strangling the Vulture

1943, cast 1953 by Jacques Lipchitz


As the Nazis threatened Europe, Lipchitz’s work moved toward allegory. Prometheus refers to the mythical hero who gave humans the liberating gift of fire. As punishment, the gods condemned him to be eaten forever by a bird of prey. But in Lipchitz’s version, Prometheus is subduing the terrible bird — an optimistic prediction of human victory over evil.


2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia Museum of Art's East Terrace steps, facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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