Proserpine

  • Hiram Powers, Proserpine, carved after 1873, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.68

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Proserpine (or Persephone) is a character from Greek mythology who was forced to spend part of every year in the underworld. Her absence from the earth was believed to cause winter, while her return brought spring. Hiram Powers modeled the original bust of Proserpine to include an elaborate woven basket filled with flowers. This proved too time-consuming and expensive to carve, however, and it was changed to a simple arrangement of acanthus leaves.

Title
Proserpine
Artists
Date
carved after 1873
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
23 7/8 x 21 x 12 in. (60.6 x 53.3 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Proserpine
  • Study – sculpture model
Object Number
1968.155.68
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