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Coast scene with the rape of Europa, illustration from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' (II, 833-75), record of painting in Los Angeles, from the Liber Veritatis; on seashore in foreground Europa with attendants, Jupiter in the guise of a bull, and at right cattle and goats, beyond at right buildings along shore, and at left of centre a ship
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
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Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 257 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The Rape of Europa derives from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and is a scene that Claude depicted on various occasions between 1634 and 1670. The first iteration was an etching in 1634 (for an impression see M,12.14) and the present drawing of 1647 notably replicates that composition in reverse. The painting that it records was produced for a Parisian patron and was acquired by the Getty in 2007 (see inv. no. 2007.32; Roethlisberger 1986, no. 176). A highly finished compositional drawing that was either a preparatory drawing or a subsequent development after the painting is now in the Louvre (see inv. no. 26,683; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 640).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV111, pp. 276–277; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 641; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 111; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oevure peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 176; A. Scott et al. ‘Masterpieces of Painting. J. Paul Getty Museum, LA, 2019, p.73.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
1978/9 Oct-Jan, Louvre, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 64
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Metamorphoses
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- Acquisition notes
- Accepted by H M Government in lieu of tax on the estate of the 9th Duke of Devonshire.
See M. Kitson's 'Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis', pp. 28-9, for a full account of the provenance of the sketch-book.
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