Europa and the Bull
Europe’s name, and much of its culture and worldview, is rooted in the Greco-Roman classical tradition. In fact, the continent is named after the Phoenician princess Europa of Greek mythology, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a white bull. In antiquity, “Europa” appeared on world maps to designate Europe, or all known land masses north of the Mediterranean.
In this eroticized version of the myth of Europa and the bull, Carl Milles revived the ideal classical nude. Here, Europa dominates Zeus, clutching the bull’s curling tongue.
Other: 30 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (77.5 x 32.4 x 67.9 cm) (show scale)
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Carl Milles (Swedish, 1875-1955). Europa and the Bull, 1923-1924. Bronze, Other: 30 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (77.5 x 32.4 x 67.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Lydia Richardson Babbott Fund, 33.288. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.288_PS11.jpg)
overall, 33.288_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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