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The Rape of Europa

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Claude Lorrain
French, 1600-1682

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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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Claude Lorrain


The Rape of Europa


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1634


Etching on ivory laid paper


Image: 19.5 × 25.7 cm (7 11/16 × 10 1/8 in.); Plate: 19.9 × 26.4 cm (7 7/8 × 10 7/16 in.); Sheet: 22.4 × 27.1 cm (8 7/8 × 10 11/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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