Europa riding the bull
Fresco from Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18, g).
1st century CE.
Inv. No. 111475.Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Hall LXXPhoto by Luciano Pedicini

Europa riding the bull.

Fresco from Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18, g).
1st century CE.
Inv. No. 111475.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Hall LXX
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale, Sala LXX).

Pompeii, House of Jason or House of Fatal Love (IX, 5, 18, room g).
From Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18).
The myth of Europa abducted by Zeus in the form of a bull is here given a new interpretation with respect to the traditional one set at sea. In a sacred setting disposed round a column to which clings a twisted tree and opening out into a mountain landscape full of trees and strange rocks with steps cut into them, the group of the bull bearing the girl has a majestic air, attaining a kind of triumphal stateliness. The girl has a far-off look with a hint of pride in her bearing, while three companions are seeing her off, one of whom is caressing the bull.

The Greek original from which this work derives dates from the end of the fourth century B.C.

© 2009. Photo: Luciano Pedicini (?).
© 1996. Photo, text: Stefano De Caro, “The National Archaeological Museum of Naples”.
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001, p. 154.
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