Art Every Woman Must See
Pluto and Proserpina (Rape of Proserpina) was the second mythological group for Scipione Borghese. Created in white marble by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1621-1622), this magnifient work of art depicting the abduction of Proserpina, daughter of Ceres by Pluto, powerful god of the underworld. Cardinal Scipione gave it to Cardinal Ludovisi in 1622, and it remained in his villa until 1908, when it was purchased by the Italian state and returned to the Borghese Collection.
Bernini develops the twisting pose reminiscent of Mannerism, combined with an impression of vital energy, Pluto takes a fast and powerful stride and grasping Proserpina. He appears triumphantly bearing his trophy in his arms; you can see Proserpina’s tears as she prays to heaven, the wind blowing her hair, as the guardian of Hades, the three-headed dog, barks. Various moments of the story are thus Seen summed up in a single sculpture.
You must visit the Galleria Borghese and see this emotional work of art. It will bring tears to your eyes.
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