The Abduction Of Proserpine

Niccolo del Abbate • Painting, 1560, 196×220 cm
About the artwork
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Mythological scene
Style of art: Renaissance
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1560
Size: 196×220 cm
Artwork in selections: 2 selections

Description of the artwork «The Abduction Of Proserpine»

Proserpine (lat. Proserpina) — in Roman mythology the goddess of the underworld, corresponding to the Greek Persephone, daughter of Jupiter and Ceres, niece and wife of Pluto (Dita). According to one version, her name is the Latinized Greek «Persephone". According to another interpretation, the so-called Roman goddess that contributed to growth (proserpere) of the seed and merged later by the introduction of Greek cults, with the goddess Persephone.

According to the legend, Proserpina, the daughter of the goddess of grain Ceres, was gathering irises, roses, violets, hyacinths and daffodils in a meadow with her friends when she noticed, Pospelov love, Pluto, king of the underworld. He took her on the chariot, forcing abyss asunder in front of them and Proserpine was carried off to the underworld. Pluto had to let her go, but gave her to eat a grain of pomegranate, so she doesn't forget the realm of death and returned to him. Since that time Proserpina half a year spent in the realm of the dead and half in the realm of the living.