The Rape of Europa

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1634

Artist:

Claude Lorrain
French, 1600-1682

About this artwork

Claude Lorrain characteristically depicted sea harbors along shorelines and often used mythical figures to complete his classical landscapes. Derived from Ovid’s book Metamorphoses, The Rape of Europa illustrates Jupiter as a white bull, while the object of his desire, Europa, unsuspectingly rides on his back before being carried out to sea. Instead of portraying the typical scene of Europa’s abduction, Lorrain chose to depict her initial entrapment by Jupiter, in keeping with the artist’s arcadian and poetic nature.

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Artist

Claude Lorrain

Title

The Rape of Europa

Origin

France

Date

1634

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

195 × 257 mm (image); 199 × 264 mm (plate); 224 × 271 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1942.532

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