The Seductions of Zeus and Europa

The Seductions of Zeus and Europa

David Eichenberg, USA

Oil on canvas, 119,5 x 178 cm


At first sight, the male figure here seems the more powerful of the two. He’s older and wears gold chains around his neck. He is in decent shape and looks well groomed, an indicator of privilege. The woman, reclining, is in sublime shape by the mainstreams norms of our society. Even when she’s lying down, she’s actually the one in control.

Desirable, confident and with a mix of indifference and haughtiness.