David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Sold, Christie's, New York, April 2, 2003, lot 422
Both Jan Frans van der Hecke or Marcus de Vos executed compositions from this series and both were active in Brussels during this period.
Proserpina, Ceres' daughter, returns to her mother's care following her abduction by Pluto. According to the myth, Ceres the goddess of Agriculture and Earth, decreed that the earth remain barren until her daughter was returned to her. Pluto compromised and allowed Proserpina to return for four months of each year, during which time the harvest was bountiful.
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