Physical ConfrontationRape and Rape ResistanceRape of Europa
The Rape of Europa. Bronze sculpture by Antonio Carracci. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 
Friends of ArtsРусская версияEuropa (supposedly from Phoenician word “sunset”) was the Cretan moon goddess who was adopted into Greek myth as a virgin Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus in the form of a bull, raped by him, and subsequently abandoned. Europa was the daughter of the King Agenor of Sidon. Somewhat miraculously Hera was distracted during her affair with Zeus and never punished her for it. According to this wonderful legend, she had the continent of Europe named for her: one night Europa had a dream. In this dream two continents, which were in the forms of giant women were arguing and fighting over her. Asia maintained that since Europa had been born in Asia she belonged to it. The other continent, which was nameless, said that her birth was not important, that Zeus would give her to it. It was early morning, disturbed by the dream Europa did not go back to sleep. She summoned her companions, who were all daughters of nobility and of her age. It was a beautiful day and they went off gathering flowers by the sea. Zeus noticed this charming group, particularly Europa, who was the prettiest of the maidens. Some say that Eros induced him into action with one of his darts. Although, Zeus often made due with self motivation. In any case, Zeus appeared to the group as a white bull. A white bull more beautiful then any other. A bull that smelled of flowers, and lowed musically. A bull so obviously gentle that all the maidens rushed to stroke and pet it. The bull laid down in front of Europa. She slid on to its back. Instantly, the bull charged off, plunging into the sea, and began to swim rapidly from the shore. Europa saw that a procession had joined them, Nereids riding dolphins, Triton blowing his horn, even Poseidon. From this she realized that the bull must be a god. She pleaded with him to pity her. Zeus spoke to her and explained his love. He took her to Create, where he had been raised. He promised that she would bear him many famous sons. In fact, famous Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon were born by this couple.
Europa and the Bull by Althea Wynne
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Europa and the Bull by Kritsiot
Photo from the resource The Guadian
Europa tied to Zeus in the form of a bull, being restrained by a standing male. Patinated bronze
Photo from the resource Invaluable
Relief of the Adbuction of Europa by Zeus,
Parc del Laberint d’Horta, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain).
Wikimedia Commons
Rape of Europa by Giovan Francesco Rustici, 1495
Wikimedia Commons
Relief in Parkchester, The Bronx, New York
Photo from the resource Forgotten New York
Porcelain figurine. Circa 19th Century. Dresden, Germany.
Photo from the resource Figurines Sculpture
Europa and the Bull. Street sculpture
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Europa and the Bull by Reuben Nakian. Bronze, 1975
Photo from the resource Mediahex
Europa and the Bull by Karl Hänny (1879-1972)
Rosengarten, Bern, Switzerland
From the album of marinni
The Rape of Europa by Valentin Serov.
Wikimedia Commons
Europa and the Bull by Bruno Bruni. Patinated bronze, 1935
Photo from the resource Ressel Skulpturen
Europa and the Bull by Marcel Debut (1865-1933).
From Amazon
The Rape of Europa by Jacques Lipchitz (1891‑1973). Bronze, 1938
Montreal Museum of Fine Art
The Rape of Europa by Jacques Lipchitz 91891‑1973). Painted plaster, 1938
Marlborough Gallery, New York
From Tate
Figurine of Europa from Babylon. British Museum.
Photo from the resource LIVIUS
Europa and the Bull. Vatican Museums.
From the album of Rishka de Bon
The Rape of Europa by Alfred-Auguste Janniot, c. 1945-1950, Bronze.
Private collection
Photo from the resource Red List
The Abduction of Europa. Street sculpture and fountain. Ljubljana, Slovenia
From the resource Panoramio
Rape of Europa by Oleg Kuklin. Bronze
Photo from the resource Absolute Arts
Rape of Europa. Metope from the Greek Temple C at Selinus in Sicily. Circa 550-540 BC
From the resource ArteListaEuropa and The Bull by Carl Milles. Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Cranbrook Academy of Art>Europa and the Bull. Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, California
Photo from Beautiful PhotographsZeus Abducting Europa. The Ringling Estate, Sarasota, Florida
Photo by Hanneorla Hanneorla. Flickr
The Rape of Europa by Jits Bakker, 1998. De Bilt, Netherlands.
Wikimedia Commons
Variation on the Theme of the Rape of Europa
by Jacques Lipchitz (French, 1891–1973), 1969 – 1972
Album by Hollarity from the resource Artnet
Rape of Europa. Alexandria, Egypt
Photo from the resource VisaPasaule
Europa and the Bull. Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Photo by David Ziegler. Flickr
The kidnapping of Europa. Bronze sculpture of Fernando Botero.
Airport of Barajas, Madrid, Spain
Wikimedia Commons
Sculpture “Europa riding the bull” made by Gerard van der Leeden in 1975.
Placed at the Rijnlaan in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Wikimedia Commons
Europa and the Bull sculpture. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wikimedia Commons
Europa and the Bull. 
Artparks, UK
Rape of Europa. Wood cut by Sergey Karpenko, Russia 
Page in the Live Journal by Lyudmila Rudakova
Rape of Europa. Marble grave stone
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