If the Devil has a pitchfork and the Grim Reaper has a scythe, is agriculture a major industry in the underworld?
“Thanks to Persephone it is.”
In classical mythology, among the challenges imposed by Venus on the beautiful Psyche, in order to get engaged to her son Cupid, the god of Love, there is that of going to the Underworld to ask Proserpina for a powerful beauty elixir. The story, with the young woman in the presence of the sovereigns of the Underworld, is represented by Charles-Joseph Natoire in this oil on canvas, from about 1735-1739, preserved in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The painting was probably commissioned by Louis Denis Lalive de Bellegarde, who became a Fermier général, a powerful royal tax advisor, in the management of the wealth of rural estates.
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