Raping Prosephine At Chateau Versailles


You have to empathise with Hades, raping Persephone like that in public is not an easy task: All these guys standing around ready with advice, “Hey man, where are you taking her, Hell is down that way!” Today crimes are rarely committed on an impulse, it’s all premeditated and rehearsed. And this is why in the end they don’t do any better, worse really, for they lack a divine spark of spontaneity.

I suppose the same can be said about Girardon; working on the subject of baroque rape after Giambologna and Bernini, puts a sculptor in a situation when an onlooker has difficulty figuring out a subtle difference between plagiarism and tradition. An untrained eye would even see it as Birnini’s Proserpina in the arms of a Roman soldier of Giambologna. In other words it is hell to be left like that in the open, undefended by classroom patriotism.  

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