Rape of Persephone

Artist: Gaetano Gandolfi (Italian, San Matteo della Decima 1734–1802 Bologna)

Date: ca. 1755–90

Medium: Etching

Dimensions: Plate: 2 3/4 x 4 5/16 in. (7 x 11 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1960

Accession Number: 60.611.66


The talented painter and fluent draftsman Gandolfi also created reproductive engravings and a small number of exquisite etchings, including this spirited Rococo rendition of Pluto and Persephone entering into the flames of the underworld.