Side by side: Abduction of Europa
Rembrandt’s Europa is flustered and worried, she digs her fingers into the white bull’s back as he makes his escape. Lorrain’s Europa has no idea the trouble about to come as her trusted attendants adorn the seemingly innocent beast with flowers.
Both set in dramatic landscapes, these two depictions of Europa’s abduction are studies of nature, narrative, and suspenseful subject matter.
The Abduction of Europa, 1632, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Coast View with the Abduction of Europa, about 1645, Claude Lorrain. J. Paul Getty Museum.