kottke.org posts about Bernini

The Rape of Proserpina

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 14, 2012

Il Ratto di Proserpina (The Rape of Proserpina) is an amazing sculpture by Bernini. It depicts Pluto abducting Proserpina to take her to the underworld. The overall composition is great but the devil (ahem) is in the details. For example, check out how Pluto's hands grip into the marble flesh:

Rape Of Proserpina

Wonderful. Bernini completed this piece in 1622 when he was just 23 years old. (via stable transit)