Europa (right), grieving after her rape by Jupiter, is consoled by Venus and Cupid (centre); Jupiter disguised as a bull looks on from the left background. Engraving by T. Cook and R. Pollard, 1797, after B. West, 1772.
- West, Benjamin, 1738-1820.
- Jany: 30th; 1797
About this work
The depiction does not follow Ovid's account of Europa (Metamorphoses II.833-III.2), but Horace's in Odes III.27: Europa is not playing with her companions but adopts the pose of the melancholic. "As she grieves over her fate, Venus and Cupid come to cheer her, and Venus tells her that she is the wife of Jove, and will give her name to a continent" (von Erffa and Staley, loc. cit.). A border of short parallel lines surrounds the image
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- impression with author lettering and imprint croppped off
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