Greek ceramic sculpture representing Leda riding a swan “Zeus”, 400-300 B.C.

Leda is the wife of Tyndarus, king of Sparta, who according to legend, after having relations with him, while walking along the river Eurotas, Zeus turned into a swan seduced her and had relations with her. From these relations arose 4 children, two of the mortal husband, Tyndarus and two of the god Zeus. It is a motif rarely depicted, but very recurrent in Renaissance painting. We observe the young and beautiful lady naked from the waist up, with her chiton covering her legs and making a niche in the wind. She walks on the back of a swan, a representation of Zeus, in a loving gesture.


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