Swan King International


Original Oil on Canvas
21" x 27"
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The Greek legend of Europa has been a subject much loved by artists throughout the ages. The story has everything..intrigue, deception, lust and seduction.
As the myth goes, the king of all the Greek gods, Zeus, was enamored with Europa, a beautiful, young earth maiden. He turns himself into a magnificent bull to disguise himself, carries her across the sea and seduces her.

This is my interpretation on the legend: Europa is holding the moon in her hand which is reflected in the water, but she has no reflection. If you look into the water, you will see a group of stars called the Pleiades. For me, Europa represents the Pleiades in the constellation of Taurus, the bull. The Pleiades is one of the most beautiful and mysterious groupings of stars in the night sky. So her reflection is not her human reflection but the stars in the water.