(Netherlands 1558 – 1617)
34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.4 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Pluto abducted Proserpine while she was gathering flowers in a glade in Sicily and carried her off to the land of the dead to be his wife. Jupiter interceded to have her set free but she was forced to spend part of each year in the land of the dead. While she is absent from the world, in autumn and winter, vegetation dies; in spring and summer, when she is free to live on the earth, nature regenerates and flourishes. In this print she perches weightlessly on a rock with her body impossibly twisted into a graceful serpentine curve. Her habitat is a landscape of natural abundance befitting the goddess of fertility.
Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 4, cover (colour illus.), 15.
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 113 (colour illus.).
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014