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The Rape of Europa: P.1728-1991

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The Rape of Europa


Printmaker: Brebiette, Pierre
Publisher: Quesnel, Augustin I



Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Circa 1620 - 1650


Only state.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Plate Height 114 mm Width 161 mm
Sheet Height 114 mm Width 161 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PR Brebiette fecit. et IN [the letters PR as a monogram]
  • Location: Image lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Quanta fit obcoeni virtus & robur amoris / Hoec tibi mutato monstrat Imago Ioue
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Aug. Quesnel excud Ruë Betizi / au Chesne d' Or
  • Location: Plate lower right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.1728-1991
Primary reference Number: 86001
BN Inventaire (17thC): 78 Only state
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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