The Rape of Europa, Nicolaas Verkolje, c. 1735 - c. 1740

The Rape of Europa, Nicolaas Verkolje, c. 1735 - c. 1740

panel, h 57.7cm × w 72.8cm. More details

Zeus, the king of the gods, has disguised himself as a bull in order to seduce the chaste maiden Europa. To their right Cupid stands ready to shoot his arrows of love. In depicting this story from the Metamorphoses, the famous book by the Roman poet Ovid, Verkolje demonstrates his knowledge of Classical literature. Moreover, he proves his artistic virtuosity by means of the complex composition with numerous figures.

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