PRESENTING a LOVELY 19C Engraving of Jupiter and Europa “from an original drawing in the Collection of John Bernard Esq.”

In original frame and under glass. From circa 1870-80.

It features a neoclassical scene of Jupiter and Europa sitting or straddled on the back of a reclining bull, with 3 onlookers in a garden scene.

Has the original label re it’s provenance on the back.


In Greek mythologyEuropa (/jʊəˈroʊpə, jə-/Ancient Greek: Εὐρώπη, EurṓpēAttic Greek pronunciation: [eu̯.rɔ̌ː.pɛː]) was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a Phoenician princess of Argive origin, after whom the continent Europe is named. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a bull was a Cretan story; as classicist Károly Kerényi points out, “most of the love-stories concerning Zeus originated from more ancient tales describing his marriages with goddesses. This can especially be said of the story of Europa.”[1]

Europa’s earliest literary reference is in the Iliad, which is commonly dated to the 8th century BC.[2] Another early reference to her is in a fragment of the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women, discovered at Oxyrhynchus.[3] The earliest vase-painting securely identifiable as Europa dates from mid-7th century BC.


Jupiter (LatinIūpiter [ˈjuːpɪtɛr] or Iuppiter [ˈjʊpːɪtɛr],[11] from Proto-Italic *djous “day, sky” + *patēr “father”, thus “sky father“),[12] also known as Jove (genIovis [ˈjɔwɪs]), is the god of the sky and thunder and king of the gods in ancient Roman religion and mythology. Jupiter was the chief deity of Roman state religion throughout the Republican and Imperial eras, until Christianity became the dominant religion of the Empire. In Roman mythology, he negotiates with Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, to establish principles of Roman religion such as offering, or sacrifice.

Jupiter is usually thought to have originated as a sky god. His identifying implement is the thunderbolt and his primary sacred animal is the eagle,[13] which held precedence over other birds in the taking of auspices[14] and became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army (see Aquila). The two emblems were often combined to represent the god in the form of an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt, frequently seen on Greek and Roman coins.[15] As the sky-god, he was a divine witness to oaths, the sacred trust on which justice and good government depend. Many of his functions were focused on the Capitoline Hill, where the citadel was located. In the Capitoline Triad, he was the central guardian of the state with Juno and Minerva. His sacred tree was the oak.Statue of Jupiter, Vatican, Rome.

The Romans regarded Jupiter as the equivalent of the Greek Zeus,[16] and in Latin literature and Roman art, the myths and iconography of Zeus are adapted under the name Iuppiter. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Jupiter was the brother of Neptune and Dīs Pater, the Roman equivalents of Poseidon and Hades respectively. Each presided over one of the three realms of the universe: sky, the waters, and the underworld. The Italic Diespiter was also a sky god who manifested himself in the daylight, usually identified with Jupiter.[17] Tinia is usually regarded as his Etruscan counterpart.


19C Engraving of Jupiter and Europa.

Provenance: From a Quality Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: The engraving is in very good condition (protected behind glass) the cloth/fabric matting surrounding it in the original frame has signs of natural age and some soling. Evidence of foxing and water damage on the paper backing, but this does not adversely affect the piece.

Dimensions: 16.25″ Wide, 13.4″ Tall and 2″ Deep