The Abduction of Persephone
Date ca. 340-330 BCE
Movement Greek | Hellenistic
Medium Tomb painting
Provenance Tomb I, Vergina, Macedonia
Greek wallpaintings came into their own during this era, though complete works are rare. Persephone’s body crosses with Pluto’s, highlighting the conflict while frazzled brushstrokes intensify the fervor with which she tries to escape from the underworld. A foreshortened carriage wheel spins towards the viewer, adding to the scene’s drama.