Guido Cagnacci’s Rape of Europa doesn’t look as if it had been painted around 1650, but it was. The composition is very uncommon, but this really seems to be the complete picture, not just a detail. Of course it may be that it was cropped at some point of its existence, that has happened to many paintings including Rembrandt’s Night Watch.

Il Ratto di Europa is part of the collezione Molinari Predella in Castenaso in the province of Bologna.

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