Leda and the Swan (Leonardo)  

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Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan[1] (1508) is a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci began making studies in 1504 for a painting of Leda and the Swan, apparently never executed, of Leda seated on the ground with her children. In 1508 he painted a different composition of the subject, with a nude standing Leda cuddling the Swan, with the two sets of infant twins, and their huge broken egg-shells. The original of this is lost, probably deliberately destroyed, but it is known from many copies.

The most famous copy is that by Cesare Sesto located at the Wilton House, England.




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