IL RATTO DI PROSERPINA Gian Lorenzo Bernini 1621 . Galleria Borghese Roma oil on panel 26in. x 18in. ±66cm. x 45.7cm.
IL RATTO DI PROSERPINA Gian Lorenzo Bernini 1621 . Galleria Borghese Roma The story of Proserpina is a challenging one to me Not because of literature No, not because of this I find myself bewitched by the behavior of its myth It strikes a thorny cord And nicks me on the wrist It recounts imagined sins that are clearly carved and told Still, its skin of aging stone stays so smooth with growing old This sculpture is quite wicked Yet no one sees that side unfold No, they don’t want to meet The dreadful story told The Rape of Proserpina as sculpted by Bernini It stands alone enclosed by an ancient shell in Rome Throughout four hundred years Its skin of aging stone stays so smooth with growing old It is lit with garden light Glowing gold and dreaming Surrounded by its lovers Their eyes in awe are beaming And I sit here at its feet Grasping at its meaning I hear echoes in this room Heaving Screaming Sinful, sad and cruelly The olden air in here drafts its sense so truly There is darkness in this statue Hidden by its beauty