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The Abduction of Proserpine
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The Abduction of Proserpine

Ca. 1800. Hard-paste.
Room 085

According to Roman mythology, the god of love made Pluto fall in love with Proserpine, who went to live in the Underworld until her father Jupiter ordered her to return to her mother Ceres, goddess of agriculture, for six months a year. Ceres’s joy and sadness at her daughter’s alternating presence and absence resulted in the changing seasons, a traditional subject for the decoration of recreational villas.This baroque-style group with an almost spiral composition is resolved with a restrained tension. It depicts Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to the Underworld, and a fallen nymph inspired by classical models. Behind them is Cupid, who makes Pluto, god of Hades, fall in love with Ceres`s daughter, Proserpine.

Technical data

Inventory number
The Abduction of Proserpine
Ca. 1800
Height: 67 cm; Width: 30 cm; Base/bottom: 33 cm; Weight: 22.8 Kg
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Maurer, G, "Las cuatro Estaciones. La tradición mitogógica" En:, Mena Marques, Manuela B.; Goya en Madrid: cartones para tapices 1775-1794, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2014, pp. 244-251 [244 f.7.2].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Adiciones, 1857-1870. Núm. 1024.
Seccion de Escultura / Adición desde el número 1003 en que termina el inventario [de 1857] á la página 809. [...] 1024. Robo de ..... Alto 2 ps. 4 pulgs. Porcelana

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 552.
552. Un grupo de alabastro que representa el robo de Proserpina./ Alto 1 pie, 2 pulg./ Nota al margen: D' Museo Arqueologico. /Falta la cabeza.

Inscriptions +

Scrap of paper.

Exhibitions +

Goya in Madrid
28.11.2014 - 03.05.2015

Location +

Room 085 (On Display)

Update date: 26-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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