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Bernini's "The Rape of Proserpine" at Galleria Borghese, Rome. Persephone is being dragged off by the god Pluto: he's grinning like a madman because he's got a PRIZE as he clutches her, and he doesn't give a damn how she feels about it (not well, as you might expect). This sculpture is possibly most famous for the virtuoso portrayal of Pluto's grip on Proserpine, with his fingers indenting her skin (not visible here) but deserves better: it's fantastic in every respect.

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