Il Ratto Di Proserpina
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
This is one of the Bernini's highly regarded sculptures at Galleria Borghese. Bernini created 'Il Ratto Di Proserpina' at the young age of 23 (1621-22). It features Pluto, grasping Proserpina who struggles mightily as he attempts to abduct and take her to the underworld. The sculpture is considered a Baroque masterpiece, achieving balance and flow while showcasing incredibly detailed appearance, facial features and emotion. It is just an incredible sculpture, reminds very much of Giambologna's Ratto delle Sabine in Florence, which one can only wonder if Bernini took influence when designing this sculpture.
Written 23 May 2024
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dapper777
Monaco63,813 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
The abduction of Proserpine by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1621-1622), preserved in the Galleria Borghese, is a fundamental masterpiece for the birth of the Baroque.
The work depicts the kidnapping of Proserpina, daughter of Ceres (goddess of the harvest), by Pluto , god of the Underworld, who wished to have her forever.
The myth, present in Ovid's Metamorphoses, tells that while the girl was busy picking flowers from a meadow, the god of the underworld, who was also the brother of Jupiter, kidnapped her, taking her with him into the depths of the earth and thus leaving her mother to wander for nine days and nine nights in search of her beloved daughter.
After knowing the girl's fate, Jupiter, king of Olympus, tried to convince his brother Pluto to give Proserpina back to her mother. However, the girl had already eaten some pomegranate seeds, the food of the dead, and for this reason she was unable to definitively return to the world of living beings.
However, Jupiter managed to make an agreement: Proserpina would return to life on earth for six months of the year, while she would have to spend the remaining six in the afterlife with Pluto, becoming his bride.
The ancients used this myth to explain the alternation of the seasons: Proserpina's arrival on earth corresponded to spring and summer, while her descent into the underworld gave rise to autumn and winter.
It seems incredible to think that when Bernini created this sculptural group, he was only 23 years old, at the beginning of his career.
His commissioner and client was Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who in reality had already had the opportunity to know and recognize the extraordinary sculptural talent and art of the young man.
It was the year 1619.
The cardinal, who was very satisfied with the previous work, later asked the young sculptor to create a new sculptural group, again with a mythological subject.
A mastrepiece. A must see.
Written 29 December 2023
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E.L.E
Brno, Czech Republic18,539 contributions
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Jun 2022 • Solo
Beautiful sculpture in the Galería Borghese. Was one of the last ones I saw there and the attention to detail by the artist is mind blowing
Written 23 June 2022
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,333 contributions
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Apr 2017
Masterpiece of Bernini, оne of the best Gothic sculptures, located in the Borghese Gallery. There are several more statues of Bernini there.
Written 7 May 2017
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,559 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Friends
"The Rape of Proserpina" (Persephone) is a sculpture by the great artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, dating from 1622. It depicts the abduction of Proserpina by the god Pluto (Hades) into the underworld. The legend goes that she comes out of the underworld every spring, bringing to life all the new plants. This sculpture, done when Bernini was in his early twenties, is magnificent -- the bodies twist and turn as if in motion, Pluto's fingers sink into Proserpina's thigh, and she flings her arms out in anguish trying to escape him. This is just one of several Bernini masterpieces in Galleria Borghese.
Written 24 April 2017
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