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Europa and the Bull

Carl Milles

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
Europe's name, and much of its culture and worldview, is rooted in the Greco-Roman classical tradition. In fact, the continent is named after the Phoenician princess Europa of Greek mythology, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a white bull. In antiquity, "Europa" appeared on world maps to designate Europe, or all known land masses north of the Mediterranean.

In this eroticized version of the myth of Europa and the bull, Carl Milles revived the ideal classical nude. Here, Europa dominates Zeus, clutching the bull’s curling tongue.
MEDIUM Bronze
DATES 1923-1924
DIMENSIONS Other: 30 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (77.5 x 32.4 x 67.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS European Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 33.288
CREDIT LINE Lydia Richardson Babbott Fund
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CAPTION Carl Milles (Swedish, 1875-1955). Europa and the Bull, 1923-1924. Bronze, Other: 30 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (77.5 x 32.4 x 67.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Lydia Richardson Babbott Fund, 33.288. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.288_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 33.288_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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Carl Milles (Swedish, 1875-1955). <em>Europa and the Bull</em>, 1923-1924. Bronze, Other: 30 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (77.5 x 32.4 x 67.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Lydia Richardson Babbott Fund, 33.288. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.288_PS11.jpg)