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Europa and the Bull (#2)

1922 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (10.7 x 14.0 x 7.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.47 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Label

These sculptures illustrate the story of Zeus, king of the gods in classical mythology, and the princess Europa. Zeus fell in love with Europa while watching her gather flowers by the sea, and approached her in the form of a great white bull. She was frightened, but soon began to play with the creature, and once she had climbed on his back, Zeus swam across the sea to Crete. In Europa and the Bull, the girl is shown caressing the face of the bull, and in Flight of Europa, she rides on his back as they travel across the water. Manship made many replicas of these sculptures and often gave them to his friends as souvenirs.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Mythology - classical - Europa

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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