"The Rape of Europa" by Titian

Painted by Venetian artist Titian (Tiziano) between 1560-1562, this displays the mythological story of Europa being abducted by Jupiter. Europa, on her back, lays on top of a bull that will carry her to Crete, where she would later become the first queen. It is speculated that Titian chose this subject not because he had a particular attachment to it, but rather to show off his skills as an artist. Using impasto techniques, Titian creates an idyllic landscape with heavy details in the clothing and figures themselves. This painting, along with five other poesie images by Titian were painted for King Philip II of Spain between 1551 to 1562. Currently, this work is housed in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, Massachusetts.


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