Description of the painting Gwilo Reni "The Abduction of Europe"

Description of the painting Gwilo Reni

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In the fine arts of the whole world, great importance is given to ancient mythology. One of the most interesting ancient Greek legends is a story describing the abduction of a beautiful girl named Europe, the king of all gods on Olympus Zeus. The great artist Reni Guido presented this story and portrayed it in his magnificent manner of execution.

The Greek god Zeus was always partial to the beautiful female beauty, therefore, when he saw the young daughter of the Fenian ruler of Europe, he lost his head and wished to possess her with all his heart. Europe enchanted him with her beauty, ready to be compared only with the goddesses of heaven. When the girl took a carefree walk surrounded by her friends, the insidious Zeus decided to steal her. He took the form of a big bull and went to a fun company. Girlfriends began to decorate the animal's horns with flower wreaths and took it to their game.

Europe, the boldest of the girls, climbed onto his back, not knowing who actually stood in front of her. Then Zeus decided to fulfill his plan and rushed into the depths of the sea, taking the beauty with him. He crossed the sea and landed Europe on a distant island called Crete, where the girl gave him three sons.

In the picture, the viewer watches the scene when a god, dressed in animals, floats on the surface of the water. His coat is gray and the horns are still adorned with a flower garland. The girl saddling the bull lifted her eyes to heaven, where in the right corner of the canvas is Cupid with his arrow loaded into the bow. The robe of Europe emphasizes the feminine silhouette of her body and falls in deep folds. The pinkish cape and hair of the girl develop in the wind, which conveys the unstable weather at sea.

The painter Reni Guido painted this scene on his canvas in the middle of the 19th century. At work, he used oil.

Bacchus Rubens

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