Europa and the Bull (#1)

  • Paul Manship, Europa and the Bull (#1), 1924, bronze on marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.40

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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.

Title
Europa and the Bull (#1)
Artist
Date
1924
On View
Dimensions
10 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (26 x 31.6 x 18.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on marble base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Europa
  • Mythology – classical – Zeus
  • Figure group – nude
  • Animal – cattle
  • Figure female – nude
Object Number
1966.47.40
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