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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gerhard Marcks, German (Berlin, Germany 1889 - 1981 Burgbrohl, Germany)
Prometheus Bound II
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Gefesselter Prometheus II
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
78.1 x 51.5 x 46 cm (30 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 18 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: on base, behind proper right heel, in artist's hand: artist's monogram
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Rudloff 522
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Museum Purchase, by exchange
© Gerhard-Marcks-Stiftung, Bremen, Germany / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Gerhard Marcks, exh. cat., Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 1953), p. 16 + 22, cat. no. 37, b/w ill.

Charles L. Kuhn, German Expressionism and Abstract Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1957), cat. no. 120, b/w ill.

Brandt Aymar, The Young Male Figure, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1970), p. 217, b/w ill.

Anneliese Harding, German Sculpture in New England Museums, Goethe Institute (Boston, MA, 1972), p. 20, repr. p. 78 as fig. 143

Günter Busch, Gerhard Marcks. Das plastische Werk, Propyläen Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1977), p. 348, no. 522, b/w ill.

Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 66, repr. pp. 66-67

Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 88, ill.

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 78

Lynette Roth, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 258-260, cat. no. 30.1, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Works from the 20th Century Collection of the Busch-Reisinger, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/15/1980 - 09/01/1980; Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 09/23/1980 - 10/24/1980

German Sculpture, 1500 - 1960: A New Installation, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 09/05/1984 - 12/31/1984

German Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 01/21/1986 - 03/10/1986

Making Myth Modern: Primordial Themes in German 20th-Century Sculpture, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 07/14/2007 - 12/30/2007

32Q: 1510 German Expressionist Sculpture, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/27/2015 - 01/12/2016

Private Practice, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/27/2015 - 01/12/2016

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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