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Taurus: From Myth to Ritual at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Andre Masson's painting "Corrida au Soleil" during the exhibition 'Taurus, From Myth to Ritual' at the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The exhibition features 208 artworks on bulls and bullfighting from prehistory to the present. EPA/Luis Tejido

BILBAO,SPAIN.- From prehistoric times to the Roman age, the
had pride of place in Mediterranean culture and art, and the image of
magnificent beast appears in myths, ritual ceremonies, games and
fiestas. The
Renaissance also favoured the iconography of the bull, particularly in
connection with the myths of the Minotaur and the Rape of Europa. From
the 16th
century, art also reflected contemporary interest in representations of
bullfight. On exhibition 7 June through 5 September.