Circle of Gérard de Lairesse (Liège 1641-1711 Amsterdam)
The Rape of Europa oil on canvas 106 x 140cm (41 3/4 x 55 1/8in). unframed
PROVENANCE: The Property of a Private European Collector
The composition of the group of Europa and the Bull with the two putti relates closely to a signed etching by Gerard de Lairesse, although the head of the bull is facing forwards in the etching and his legs are in a different position (Coburg, Kunstsammlungen der Veste, inv. no. VIII, 328,53).