she is the goddess of spring and flowers. Daughter of Ceres, goddess of agriculture, she was kidnapped by Pluto who fell in love with her and dragged her into her realm of the Underworld (the famous "Proserpina Rat"). The mother made the earth sterile, but Proserpina was allowed to return every year in the spring, when the soil flourishes and offers its fruits. And here are the seasons: Spring and Summer contrasted with Autumn and Winter when the daughter is far from her mother Ceres who mourns her distance. In the pictorial and sculptural representations the goddess is depicted as a queen, then enthroned near Hades or in banquet scenes, but always richly dressed and with numerous jewels, or during the famous "Rape of Proserpina"; the attributes of the goddess are the scepter, the torches, the light in the Underworld, the ears of wheat, or the fruit of the pomegranate and the rooster, which announces the dawn and represents a rebirth.
In the work, the flowers are white deprived of color with a blackish background, to remember that at the same time Proserpina is both Goddess of Spring but also Queen of the afterlife, a fine line between life and death masterfully told by Ovid.