I first saw this closeup of "Hades abducting Proserpina" in an Italian travel book when I was a child. I thought it was so incredible that I HAD to see it someday in person. Little did I know that the artist who sculpted this work was one of the most influential artists in Baroque Italy. Gianlorenzo Bernini's works are breathtakingly beautiful and a constant source of inspiration to me.
I was lucky enough to visit the Galleria Borghese a few years ago, fulfilling my desire to see this sculpture in person. Let me tell you, it is even more gorgeous in reality!