BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
The Rape of Proserpina (detail)1621-22
Galleria Borghese, Rome
In this group Bernini develops the twisting pose reminiscent of Mannerism, combined with an impression of vital energy (in pushing against Pluto's face Proserpina's hand creases his skin and his fingers sink into the flesh of his victim).