After Bernini The Rape of Prosperina by Francesco Fabi Altini
The Rape of Prosperina by Francesco Fabi Altini, (1830 – 1906) after the 17thC original by Gian Lorenzo Bernini now in the Palazzo Borghese in Rome. Signed F. Fabi Altini Rome 1870 on the base. The sculpture depicts the abduction of Prosperina or Persephone by the God Pluto to the underworld evident from the presence of the three headed dog at the base of the sculpture, called Cerberus who guards the gates of the underworld, preventing the dead from leaving.
Francesco Fabi or Fabj Altini studied at the Roman Accademia di Belle Arti and then at the Accademia di San Luca under Tadolini. He completed his apprenticeship under Tenerani. Altini was also an Associate of the Academy of the Academy of Ferrara and an Academician of the Academies of Perugia and Bologna.
Altini’s most famous work is a monument featuring the colossal figures of Meditation and Prayer, with which he won the Roman competition; it now stands at the entrance gates of the Campo Santo at Verona. Altini’s studio was in Rome but he often sent work abroad, on commission or to be exhibited. For example, there is a statue of ‘Adam and Eve’ at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.
Dimensions: 58″ ( 148 cm ) H x 23″ ( 59 cm ) W X 21″ 54 cm ) D Latter Two measurements are for the base. The Statue itself extends past the base in some parts.
Ref. FA RP4875