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Domenico Piola,1627-1703, was in his time the most prominent painter, drawer, frescopainter of Genua. His studio was called Casa Piola, where he worked with sons, brother, son in law and ohter colleques.His drawings and duplicates from his Casa were quite successful and are still to be found on international art auctions. Looking at his Europa-myth drawing, 33_02 one can understand why. My study mentions his drawing, p.153, but not his painting.


33_01                        33_02 


His painting,33_01, has more a baroquish exaltation. Europa does not appear to realize what is happening; she is overcome by fright. Only,
the little cupido's give a light touch, indicating love is in the air. On the other hand, the drawing shows an Europa looking much more in command of the situation and the cupido's are looking on in exultation. Surely, a more popular sight..
The painting has been on several exhibitions in the last century, such as Genua (several times), Florence and more recently in Antwerp as part of a Europalia-Italy project in 2003/4. The painting is part of the Collezione d'Arte della Banca Carige, Via Cassa Di  Risparmio, Genua


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Loek Bos, 1946 - ..., is a wellknown Dutch painter and sculptor. In 2003 he became President  of the Hague Artists Society, "Pulchri Studio" He is  especially known for his life-size statues of some prominent Dutch political figures from the post war period. His recent bronze Europa myth could be admired in an exposition of his works in Pulchri Studio , The Hague, and later in an art exposition in the main church of the Vauban star-fortified town Naarden in  North Holland..




This statuette is about 26 cm. and has not been reproduced. Europa appears rather convinced of her mission, bringing flowers,
 tulips, from the East to her continent.


February, 6, The Hague  from Mr. L. de Leede


On prints and auctions artistic objects of the painter Henri Deluermoz, 1876 - 1943, appear to attract more and more interest.
He concentrates on natural images of real life animals. His sister, stagename Germaine  Dermoz, was a wellknown silent-movie and stage actress in Paris of 'les Années Folles'.




His Europa  in the spirit of those years, gives the impression of the liberated woman, exuberant on the bull, but in full command.


The Hague, March 8,   an auction participant 


The Ovide en Rondeau by the French poet Jacob de Benserade of 1676 is mentioned in my study on p.135. Of course, it was based on Ovide's Metamorphoses and dedicated to the French dauphin  son of king Louis XIV. The illustration of the Europa myth was not named.




The designer is François Chauveau, 1613-1676. He was appointed "engraver of the king" and became counsellar of the 'Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture'. The picture indicates clearly the bull's intentions. His hooves are already hanging in the water.


April contribution




A drawing of the Europa Myth  with brown ink carries the signature of leonard Haeberlein, 1584-1656 from Nürnberg. Europa's dress has some watercolouring The design is rather straightforward. It is her dress, which is somewhat provocative, indicating it was made in the Renaissance period. It is dated 1626




She is accompanied by a triton with horn  and curled seashell. It is a small design of 15-18 cm. (marinni.livejournal.com)


May, 2017, from the internet




The Vatican Museum of ancient Greek  sculptures, the famous Cartile Ottagono in Rome features among the most beautiful and famous Greek statues and sculptures, a high

  relief of Europa with bull Zeus accompanied by a person with a flaming torch.





This large relief shows a powerful white bull and a Europa in a dress with rather excessive drapery. The torchbearer indicates somebody showing the way, or should be one of her accompagnying friends.  Is anything known about te origin and era of this sculpture?


Rome, june 2017.