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Besides painting portraits and portrayals of biblical subjects, Titian often turned in search of inspiration to create new beautiful paintings to ancient mythology. The plot of the abduction of Europe attracted the attention of the artist with the opportunity to express in dynamics the gamut of strong emotions of the characters. He created the painting of the same name by 1562.
Myths bring us an amazing story. King Agenor had sons and a daughter, Europe, famous for its unearthly beauty. One night she had a restless dream: two women fought for Europe, embodying two continents - a native and an unknown to her; foreign land won in the end. Waking up from a nightmare, the girl began to pray tirelessly that the gods would not allow what happened in a dream. And then she went for a walk in a meadow by the sea with her friends.
Young girls had fun and gathered flowers. The mighty Zeus heard their voices, and when he saw beautiful Europe, he instantly fell in love with her. Thinking of abducting his beloved, the thunderer turned into a bull and calmly approached the company of friends. They surrounded a beautiful calm animal with golden horns and shining velvet hair. The bull crouched on the ground, as if urging the girl to crouch, and Europe could not resist the fantastic creation. Then Zeus abruptly jerked off and faster than the wind reached the sea, and then sailed like a dolphin to the island of Crete, where he married the kidnapped.
The painter Titian depicted the moment when the two main characters are on the crest of a wave. Europe turns in alarm to the shore, where two female figures rush in horror at her, disappearing in the waves. The clothes crumpled and expose the magnificent noble forms of the body. Three figures of angels accompany the composition.
The canvas was created in the style of “late Titian”: the colors are more liquid, the layers are applied with sharp, mixed, wide strokes, the shapes and background are merged into a single whole, and the emotional life is shown very expressively.
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