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The Rape of Europa

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




David Teniers the Younger (Flemish, 1610–1690)
After Titian (Italian, c. 1485/90–1576)

About this artwork

The Rape of Europa and Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac are among the more than 200 lively, small-scale copies by David Teniers the Younger recording the superb art collection of his patron, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, ruler of the Spanish Netherlands. They were created as models for the engraved illustrations in a catalogue of the archduke’s collection, which was printed and made available for purchase by the public as the Theatrum Pictorium (Theater of painting) in 1660. A prolific painter of peasant subjects and other everyday scenes, Teniers also served as the archduke’s curator.


On View, Gallery 208


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


David Teniers, the younger


The Rape of Europa


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


21.3 × 31.5 cm (8 3/8 × 12 3/8 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

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