This painting depicts the Rape of Europa quite well. The myth goes that Zeus, enamored, turns himself into a white bull and hides himself within her father's flock. While Europa gathers flowers, she is eventually drawn to the white bull, starts, petting him, and eventually climbs on his back. Zeus abducts her and swims with her on his back across the sea to Crete, where he reveals himself. She is made queen of Crete and has 2 children.
I like this painting because while I don't know what is going on with the many people in the painting I know that the woman sitting on the white bull is Europa and the white bull is Zeus in disguise. I like the coloring in this piece.The artist depicts the scene up close but you can see other people and animals on the left hand side of the piece.