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Title

Proserpine

1588-1590

Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Netherlands

1558 - 1617

  • Details

    Other Title
    Persephone
    Date
    1588-1590
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    chiaroscuro woodcut, line block in black and tone blocks in olive green and tan
    Edition
    ii of 2 states
    Dimensions
    34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.4 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1983
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    229.1983
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Hendrick Goltzius

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    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.

    Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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