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Small fan with tortoiseshell sticks bearing traces of silver and gold paint.

The single vellum leaf is painted on the recto with the story of Europa seduced by Jupiter, who made his approach disguised as a bull while she was gathering flowers with her attendants.
The Baroque borders painted in gold are particular noteworthy, with richly painted drapery and masks at the top.

The verso is painted entirely with scrolling ornaments in gold and silver.

Details

  • Title: The Rape of Europa
  • Date Created: circa 1650/60
  • Location: Italian or French
  • Physical Dimensions: 18 cm
  • Type: Fan
  • Medium: Tortoiseshell, paint, vellum

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