Rape of Proserpina

Various artists/makers

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In the 1740s Carlo Ginori, the founder of the porcelain factory at Doccia, acquired a number of sculptural models in wax, terracotta, and plaster made by some of the leading Florentine baroque sculptors. The challenge and reward for the porcelain modelers at the Ginori factory was to overcome the technical difficulties of this fragile new medium and to retain the dynamism and balance of the original models. This group, based on a bronze by Foggini, depicts Pluto stepping into the flames as he carries the struggling Proserpina off to the underworld.

Rape of Proserpina, Doccia Porcelain Manufactory (Italian, 1737–1896), Hard-paste porcelain, Italian, Florence

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