18th C, Italian School, Leda and the Swan, Oil

S/N:1810

  • £1,514
  • €1,795 Euro
  • $2,081 US Dollar

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18th C, Italian School, Leda and the Swan, Oil

COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM
In Greek mythology, Leda was an Aetolian princess who became a Spartan queen. Her myth gave rise to the popular motif in Renaissance and later art of Leda and the Swan. Leda was admired by Zeus, who raped her in the guise of a swan. As a swan, Zeus fell into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. This canvas depicts the scene when Leda gets seduced by Zeus, disguised as a swan. The painting is in good condition and is framed.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 50.5cm (19.88in)
  • W: 46cm (18.11in)
  • D: 10cm (3.94in)

Period: 

18th Century & Earlier

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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