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Jupiter and Europa

Jacob Matham, Dutch, (October 15, 1571–January 20, 1631)
Hendrick Goltzius (AKA Hendrik Goltz; Hendrick Goltius), Dutch, (February 1558–January 1, 1617)

Creation date: ca. 1590
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler
Accession Number: 2004.141
Dimensions: 10 15/16 x 7 5/8 in. (27.78 x 19.37 cm)

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Jacob Matham
Netherlandish • 1571–1631
Jupiter and Europa
(after Hendrick Goltzius)
Engraving • ca. 1590
Taking the form of a beautiful white bull, Jupiter set about
wooing Europa amidst her herd of cattle. Her initial apprehension
towards the beast’s attentions having eventually
subsided, Europa straddled the bull, not realizing his
true form. Jupiter walked her along the shoreline and then
further and further out into the sea, eventually carrying her
away to the island of Crete.
Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler, 2004.141
Last Updated: 5/12/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Mannered Bodies San Diego Museum of Art , 4/3/2010 - 7/25/2010

Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque , 3/28/2015 - 6/30/2015


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Michael Brown, PhD and Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez. Divine Desire. Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque San Diego Museum of Art, The. SOS Printing, 2015

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