statue of persephone

Statue of persephone
Persephone depicts the Greek goddess Persephone standing on a limestone base in the center of a concrete octagonal pool. The bronze female figure is draped from the waist down. Her left hand is raised and holds a lit torch of bundled twigs. An inscription on the statue base reads on the left statue base: [1]
In 1993 Persephone was surveyed for the Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution. The condition of the sculpture, at that time, was described as “treatment needed.” [1]

This enraged the other Gods and eventually a compromise was reached, Kore would spend one third of the year with Hades and two thirds with her mother, and it is this division that creates the seasons. Whilst Kore is with Hades the cold Winter winds rage, on Her return to Her mother the flowers of Spring bloom, which is why she is attributed as being a goddess of fertility.
Known as Kore in Greek mythology and as Proserpina to the Romans, Kore was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, and, she is the goddess of fertility and death.

Statue of persephone
The Commission:
Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned The Rape of Persephone from the 23-year-old Bernini in 1621, giving it to Cardinal Ludovisi in 1622. In 1908, the Italian state purchased the work and relocated it to the Galleria Borghese.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini

In Greek mythology, Persephone ( / p ər ˈ s ɛ f ə n iː / pər- SEF -ə-nee; Greek: Περσεφόνη ), also called Kore ( / ˈ k ɔːr iː / KOR -ee; Greek: Κόρη ; “the maiden”), is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She becomes the queen of the underworld through her abduction by Hades, the god of the underworld. [1] The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation, which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence, she is also associated with spring as well as the fertility of vegetation. Similar myths appear in the Orient, in the cults of male gods like Attis, Adonis, and Osiris, [2] and in Minoan Crete.
The festival was celebrated over three days. The first was the “way up” to the sacred space, the second, the day of feasting when they ate pomegranate seeds and the third was a meat feast in celebration of Kalligeneia a goddess of beautiful birth. Zeus penetrated the mysteries as Zeus- Eubuleus [80] which is an euphemistical name of Hades (Chthonios Zeus). [22] In the original myth which is an etiology for the ancient rites, Eubuleus was a swineherd who was feeding his pigs at the opening to the underworld when Persephone was abducted by Plouton. His swine were swallowed by the earth along with her. [35]

Statue of persephone
Height : 42 cm ( 16.5 in)
Please note : Our statues are not carved. 100% Natural marble statues are hand carved and command a very hefty price. Our product offerings are intended to be affordable to the majority public.

References:

http://potted-history.co.uk/products/greek-kore-statue-persephone-proserpina
http://www.artble.com/artists/gian_lorenzo_bernini/sculpture/the_rape_of_persephone
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persephone
http://www.greekartshop.com/PERSEPHONE-Goddess-Queen-of-underworld-LARGE-Handmade-Sculpture-Statue-16-5
http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/deb2170/the-rape-of-prosperina/

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