Proserpine, the daughter of Ceres, was picking flowers, when Pluto, king of the underworld, falls in love with her and carries her away to his kingdom (Ovid, Metamorphoses, 5:385-424).
The present work is an autograph replica of the painting in the Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck. The Innsbruck painting is slightly smaller (90 x 136 cm.) and the pearl ornaments in Proserpine's hair are absent. The still-life elements of the present work were executed by Andrea Scacciati.
We are grateful to Dr. Francesca Baldassari for suggesting the attribution after physical inspection of the original.