Bernini’s tactile masterpiece of Prosperino and Pluto




It’s hard to believe that Bernini was only twenty-four when he created this sculpture. Having worked in stone mysef, I know just how difficult it is to force and cajole the material into appearing plastic and soft. Somehow he achieved this with Pluto’s fingers as they press deeply into Prosperino’s body.

The marble has become flesh.

I’m thinking of doing a series based on this. Sculpture or painting? Or something else? Something else methinks. Hmmm.


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