A marble statue that looks as if it were made out of flesh
The baroque style of sculpture, of which this next one is an example, is characterized by the subjects’ dynamic movement and contrived poses. The works often presented multiple viewing angles. Gian Lorenzo Bernini was one of the greatest names in the field, and his works of art are proof of his skill.
Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned this piece in 1621. It depicts the Roman myth of the Abduction of Proserpina by Pluto, god of the Underworld. Bernini’s mastery manages to make hard stone look supple and soft like flesh, as can be seen where Pluto’s hands are grabbing onto Proserpina’s body.