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Leda and the Swan

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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.

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Title Leda and the Swan
Material and technique Black chalk, pen and brown ink
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 128 mm
Width 109 mm
Artists Tekenaar: 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
Acquisition date 1940
Age artist Between 47 and 59 years old
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Leonardo da Vinci

Vinci 1452 - Amboise 1519

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