The Rape of Europa
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The Rape of Europa about 1743
Ovid describes in the Metamorphoses how the mortal Europa was abducted and seduced by the god Jupiter in the guise of a bull. This is a faithful but much reduced copy of a painting from the workshop of Paolo Veronese, now in the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden. It was almost certainly commissioned from Tiepolo by the distinguished Venetian scholar and collector Count Francesco Algarotti (1712-1764), who acted as artistic advisor to Augustus III of Saxony. In 1743 Algarotti purchased the Dresden 'Rape of Europa' - then thought to be by Veronese himself - on behalf of his patron, and presumably asked Tiepolo to copy it before it was sent off.

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2721
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 74.30 x 66.10 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Sir Steven Runciman 2000