The Abduction of Europa  1632

by Rembrandt

In the [i]Metamorphoses[/i], the ancient Roman poet Ovid told a story about the god Jupiter, who disguised himself as a white bull in order to seduce the princess Europa away from her companions and carry her across the sea to the distant land that would bear her name. [br] During his long career Rembrandt rarely painted mythological subjects. Here he conveys a narrative...
64.6 x 78.7 cm
Oil on single oak panel
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