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The Rape of Europa: Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum / Boston / Art / Film & TV

Titian’s Renaissance masterpiece, The Rape of Europa, depicts the god Zeus, in the form of a bull, violently abducting the goddess Europa. Currently part of the exhibition “Titian: Women, Myth & Power,” at the Gardner Museum, the painting has taken on new meaning in the 21st century. To address this change, the museum commissioned a response from artists-in-residence Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. The duo created a short film that sees Mary performing different mythical and historical characters. In an effort to liberate Europa from the painting, Patrick has layered these videos into collages—rhyming, punning, sometimes sexually explicit—that place Europa centerstage. —J.D.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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