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Jupiter and Europa, c. 1636

Guido Reni
Italian, 1575 - 1642
oil on canvas
157.5 x 115.3 cm
Purchased 1991
National Gallery of Canada (no. 35939)

"The girl was sorely frightened, and looked back at the sands behind her ... and her fluttering garments floated in the breeze" Ovid, Metamorphoses, book 2) Europa, Princess of Tyre, has innocently climbed on the back of a bull - Jupiter in disguise - only to be carried off to the island of Crete to bear him three sons. Frame: carved wood, gilded and tooled. Italy (Emilia), 17th century

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