This is one of two drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in Dutch museums. It is probably a study for a painting. Leda was the wife of the Spartan king Tyndareos. Zeus, the Greek ruler of the gods, desired her and overpowered her in the guise of a white swan. Two children, whose father's identity is unclear, were born later from eggs, which are depicted in the reeds on the left.
Inacio Schiller asked
Hello. I would like to know if you could tell me which materials Leonardo used for this drawing and the work's dimensions. Thank you.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
You can find all this info on the object page on Collection Boijmans Online, under Specifications: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/object/58865 Best, Rianne
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|Title||Leda and the Swan|
|Material and technique||Black chalk, pen and brown ink|
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 128 mm
Width 109 mm
Leonardo da Vinci
|Accession number||I 466 (PK)|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)|
|Department||Drawings & Prints|
|Collector||Collector / Franz Koenigs|
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Tekeningen uit eigen bezit, 1400-1800 (1952)
De Collectie Twee - wissel VI, Prenten & Tekeningen (2010)
Leonardo. Expressie en Emotie (2018)
|Geographical origin||Italy > Southern Europe > Europe|