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Europa and the Bull: M.3-1968

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Europa and the Bull


Sculptor: Foggini, Giovanni Battista




Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and chased, and repatinated dark brown. The group shows Jupiter, transformed into a bull, abducting Europa. Europa and the bull are separately cast and bolted together. The model is supported on an associated rectangular boulle-work stand.


History note: Mr and Mrs George F. Farrow; Sold Sotheby's, London, 28 November 1968, lot 54; bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum, with the Leverton Harris and Marlay funds

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Bought with the Leverton Harris and Marlay Funds

Measurements and weight

Height: 34 cm
Length: 28.3 cm

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28.3 cm34 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1968-11-14) by Sotheby's


Late 17th-early 18th Century
Circa 1680 CE - 1725 CE


Now mounted on a boulle-work stand, with which it had apparently been associated before the sale at Sotheby's. The stand itself has been modified by the addition of the central masks at least.

This bronze, the only recorded example, can be attributed to Foggini on the basis of an almost identical wax model in the Museo di Doccia, which was mentioned in an inventory of about 1780 as having been cast from piece moulds made by Foggini. The attribution is supported by the figure of Europa which conforms to the physical type preferred by the sculptor.

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People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work


Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and repatinated in dark brown

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1968
Primary reference Number: 13976
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_3_1968
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 14 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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