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The Rape of Europa
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18th Century
Sebastiano RICCI
Born 1659 Italy, Died 1734
The Rape of Europa
[Ratto d'Europa]
Oil on canvas
189 x 274 cm  [HxW]
Palazzo Taverna, Roma

This is one of nine mythological scenes commissioned to celebrate a marriage. The supreme Greek god Zeus has transformed into a friendly bull to abduct the daughter of the King of Tyre (modern day Lebanon) across the sea to Crete. Figures are dramatically placed in the foreground in luminous colour.

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