ART
ARCHITECTURE
& HISTORY
in the Public Realm
Prometheus, 1942
Artworks: Mural (painted)

Artist
Edward Laning
Dates
  • Created, 1942
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Description
This mural is one of many in the New York Public Library that Laning created. They were painted from 1938-1942 as part of a Works Progress Administration commission. In this particular mural, Prometheus gives man knowledge and fire from the gods. This Greek myth is appropriate for the ceiling of a library, since knowledge resides in the pages beneath the artwork.
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Location
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
United States

Located in the New York Public Library. It is on the ceiling of the McGraw Rotunda.
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