MANDER, Karel van, the Elder
(b. 1548, Meulebeke, d. 1606, Amsterdam)

The Rape of Europa

1490s
Pen, brown ink, brown and grey wash, diameter 162 mm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

As the translator of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Van Madre drew heavily upon the Roman poet's themes of which The Rape of Europa was especially popular among sixteenth-century artists. The present drawing of 1589 was executed in the Late Mannerist style, with highly stylised figures in unnaturally stiff poses placed in a rocky landscape.

Print was not executed after this design. A new version of the subject was engraved by Zacharias Dolendo in 1592.