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This painting depicts the mythological story of Europa, daughter of the King of Tyre, who, while playing on the seashore one day, was approached by a docile bull. Draping a flower garland on its horns, Europa unsuspectingly climbed onto its back. The bull, who was in fact the god Jupiter in disguise, carried her off to Crete. We see the moment of her abduction, just before her alarm turns to love.
Oil on canvas
H 177 x W 129.5 cm
Presented by the Trustees of Sir Denis Mahon's Charitable Trust through the Art Fund, 2013