Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mythology (Versailles #4)

Le bosquet de la Colonnade, Versailles' gardens

The statue, by François Girardon, represents the rape of Proserpine (daughter of Ceres) by Pluto, god of the dead.
The mythological story explains how Ceres, goddess of the earth, refused to allow anything to grow after the loss of her daughter. Jupiter, worried that mankind would starve persuaded Pluto to let Prosperine spend part of the year with her mother (then spring would come), and pass the rest with Pluto beneath the earth (this would be winter).

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