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Details & Cataloguing

Domenico Piola
GENOA 1627 - 1703
PROSERPINE AS AN ALLEGORY OF SPRING

Provenance

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 17 January 1992, lot 38, for £120,000.

Literature

D. Sanguineti, Domenico Piola, e I pittori della sua 'casa', Soncino 2004, vol. II, p. 426, cat. no. I.142, reproduced p. 562, fig. 246.

Catalogue Note

Sanguineti notes that the undulating draperies and distinctive faces date this canvas to the late ’70s. She identifies this beautiful figure, with her torch held aloft, as representing an allegory of Summer, and as probably serving as one from a series depicting the seasons that were perhaps created as overdoors. An identification as Prosperine seems more likely: she was the beautiful daughter of Ceres, goddess of agriculture, who was abducted by Hades, King of the Underworld, but who returned to Earth every Spring. Here she is shown emerging from the underworld, her path lit by the torch with which she is traditionally identified, the winged putti at her side strewing spring flowers as they go.

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