The Abduction of Europe - Martin de Vos. 1580
Martin de Vos (1532-1603) was a member of the guild of artists in Antwerp, which at the end of the XVI century. His graceful style of writing is fully manifested in The Abduction of Europe (end of the 16th century). On the canvas is depicted nude europeprostrated on the back of Jupiter, turned into a white bull; her clothes rose gracefully from the wind above her head, and she herself clung to the horns of a bull. Her sad gaze is turned to the shore, where she played carefree with her friends.
Like many artists of his time, de Vos traveled to Italy, so the painting is strongly influenced by the Venetian artists Veronese and Titian, who wrote on this subject.
EUROPE. Jupiter fell in love with the daughter of the Phoenician king, Europe, and, turning into a bull, mingled with the herd that grazed near the seashore, where she played with her friends. In the painting Veronese (1580) in the Doge's Palace in Venice, Europe admires the beautiful bull and holds out flowers to him, he kisses her hand. According to legend, Jupiter frolic and played until Europe ceased to fear him, began to hang garlands of flowers on his horns and in the end did not climb onto his back. Then he rushed along the sea to the island of Crete, where he shared a bed with her. Europe gave birth to Jupiter three sons; one of them was Minos, who became king of Crete. According to another version, one of the sons was the continent of Europe, and Europe itself turned into a bull and became the zodiac constellation Taurus.