(Netherlands 1558 – 1617)
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- Not on display
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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
- chiaroscuro woodcut, line block in black and tone blocks in olive green and tan
- 34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.4 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
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Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1983
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