Winter, an Inconsolable Sadness

Winter, Ceres (Demeter) , goddess of agriculture and the earth languishes for her daughter, Prosperina (Persephone), abducted by Pluto (Hades) to be his wife. Daughter is allowed to return and visit her mother 4 (or 6) months out of the year, bringing new growth back into the world.

Bernini renders the abduction in stone. But the emotions are beautifully embodied in flesh.

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