The Abduction of Persephone

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.