The masterpiece collection
In his Masterpiece titled The Seductions of Zeus and Europa, David Eichenberg takes his leitmotiv several steps further and up.
For starters, this is by far his largest work to date, with an extraordinary amount of detail. Moreover, this is his first painting with two people in it, rather than the usual lone sitter against a background. Here, the ornate velvet drape provides a prominent subtext on wealth disparity and power differentials as contexts in which many of our interactions take place.
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 laso in decent shape and looks well-groomed, well-preserved, another indicator of privilege. The woman, reclining, is in sublime shape by the mainstream norms of our society. Even when she’s lying down she’s actually the one in control, the top dog, desirable, confident, with a mix of indifference and haughtiness.