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  • Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
    born: Montevarchi, Italy ; died: Montevarchi, Italy
  • Summer, circa 1715
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • bronze, relief
  • Object Height/Width: 46 x 63.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 18 1/8 x 25 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1955.0092

On a triumphal car drawn by dragons, sits Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, with Triptolemus leading her chariot and with putti accompanying her in the air. On the left is a nymph with a sieve, who represented for the Baroque the personification of vegetation. On the right, a group of several figures bearing such instruments as a plow, rakes, spades and sickles, and leading a span of oxen, symbolizes agriculture in general.