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Proserpine

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Rossetti explained the subject of Proserpine in a letter to W. A. Turner, who bought a version of the picture in 1877: 'The figure represents Proserpine as Empress of Hades. After she was conveyed by Pluto to his realm, and became his bride, her mother Ceres importuned Jupiter for her return to earth, and he was prevailed on to consent to this, provided only she had not partaken of any of the fruits of Hades.

Tate Britain

London


Date

1874

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 125.1 x W 61 cm

Accession number

N05064

Acquisition method

Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1940

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

date inscribed


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