Rape of Europa

’’ The Rape of Europa’’

2012

Multilevel drawing by engineering CADplatform software, pen on paper thermally combined with cardboard

100x65cm

So white that black

According to Greek mythology, the Phoenician maiden named ‘Europa’ was one of the many objects of affection of Olympian chief god Zeus. At first sight of Europa, the god was infatuated by her striking beauty and grace. Not being one to ignore his desires, Zeus immediately comes up with a cunning plan. In order to avoid the anger of his jealous wife Hera, and to get his way with the girl, Zeus metamorphosed in a beautiful white bull. While the young maiden was gathering flowers, she saw the bull, and – fascinated by its handsome flanks and gentle behaviour – caressed him and got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity to abduct Europa and swim to the island of Crete. Painting shows this scene in the sea where are white bull getting dark in the sunset light and with his sentiments washed away with water.