Proserpine 1874 - Oil on canvas


'You cannot take this girl against Queen Ceres'  will!  She ought to have been wooed, not whirled away.

This is the first chronological oil painting of  Proserpine by Rossetti. Eight oil paintings were made and all were destroyed one way or another, this is the seventh of the eight. This was painted for a shipping magnate from Liverpool. This painting has the sonnet that Rossetti wrote in Italian in the upper right corner. It is a much darker painting that accentuates the model, her red lips, and the red of the pomegranate. 

Dimensions: 1251 x610 mm         Frame: 1605 x 930 x 85 mm

Current Location: Tate Gallery

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