Guido Reni

Jupiter and Europa

c. 1636
"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
Artist
Title
Jupiter and Europa
Date
c. 1636
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
157.5 x 115.3 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1991
Accession number
35939