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The Rape of Proserpina in the Galleria Borghese by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Standing in front of this sculpture by Bernini, the emotion and movement classified by Baroque style details so powerfully a woman’s fight to be free from the strength of her rapist, and I feel overwhelmed, disgusted, angry.  I want to help her.  I am conflicted by the beauty of the art-form itself, the talent it takes to craft such realistic moments, and by the outrage of the portrayal of rape.

I am at once possessed and repulsed by this sculpture and by the idea of woman being possessed by man.

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