Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A detail from The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini. This is my all time favourite sculpture. Ever. I went to see it a few years ago in Galleria Borghese in Rome and it took my breath away. It is hard to believe Bernini made this stunning piece at the age of 23. If that is not talent I don't know what is.
The sculpture shows "Proserpina being seized and taken to the underworld by Pluto, depicting "rape" in its archaic definition of kidnapping". The detail shown above is my favourite - the flesh looks so real that you can almost mistake the statue for real people.
The beautiful photograph is by printed and can be bought on Etsy for just $15.