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Flight of Europa

1925 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 gilded bronze on marble base 22 1/8 x 31 x 7 3/4 in. (56.2 x 78.8 x 19.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.26 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing


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These sculptures illustrate the story of Zeus, king of the gods in classical mythology, and the princess Europa. Zeus fell in love with Europa while watching her gather flowers by the sea, and approached her in the form of a great white bull. She was frightened, but soon began to play with the creature, and once she had climbed on his back, Zeus swam across the sea to Crete. In Europa and the Bull, the girl is shown caressing the face of the bull, and in Flight of Europa, she rides on his back as they travel across the water. Manship made many replicas of these sculptures and often gave them to his friends as souvenirs.

This object is currently on view on the first floor of the Museum in the north corridor.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Animal - dolphin

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Mythology - classical - Cupid

Mythology - classical - Europa

Mythology - classical - Zeus

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

gilded

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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