Italian artist Mp5 just wrapped up a brand new piece somewhere on the streets of Saint Chamond in France which is entitled “The Abduction of Europa”.
In Greek mythology Europa was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a woman with Phoenician origin of high lineage, and for whom the continent Europe was named. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a white 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”
What inspired her most was the symbolism that could lead to different interpretations, from psychological to historical and political. Mp5 focused on a less known part of this myth in which Europa, having succumbed to the lure of Zeus in the form of a bull, is hunted again by the god that this time appears in the guise of an eagle, and awaits helpless for her violent fate.
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