The painting of Adam Driggs was commissioned by Michael Huffington in 2008. The figurative action for this painting was originally inspired by a classic Greek story of the god Prometheus who was chained to a rock. Here our protagonist stands uncertain, his face obscured in shadow with one arm chained above, while the other clenches the rock. In the shadows we can imagine a dark cave, perhaps the allegorical cave of Aristotle, yet the light brought to the scene is the beautifully painted flesh of the nude form. Gottlieb gives us a rare sight, the human form as a brilliant light in the darkness, so dramatic and sober is the effect, yet we still admire its beauty. These days it is mostly rare to see the nude elevated in such a classic and timeless way.
- Size: 36 x 24 inches
- Medium: Oil on linen