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The tale of Leda and the Swan comes from the Greek mythology and tells the story of Zeus who, taking the form of a swan, deceives Leda into falling in love with him and producing two sets of siblings.
It is said that during the time that he was working on the Mona Lisa, he was immensely captivated by the Leda and the Swan myth. There are some drawings of swans and compositions on this theme from this time, between 1503 and 1510. The final painting is in a partially destroyed because it was produced in three separate panels that eventually fell apart. The work was destroyed at the end of the eighteenth century. A series of copies were then produced by other artists and Leonardo Da Vinci’s studio assistants.
In this detail, Leda is entirely naked, and the swan is wrapping its wings around her. In the back, there is a village and a couple of trees on top of a hill. Further, on the back, there are fading rocky mountains.
Behind Leda, there is a dark rocky structure that brings a lot of contrast to the middle of the scene and puts Leda as the focal point of the composition.
Leda has long ginger hair falling over her shoulders, all braided and curly. Leonardo left a series of signed studies of Leda’s hairdressing and coiffure. So even though the final piece was completely lost, it is possible to put together the pieces and studies to have a proper idea of what it would have looked like. She would be looking at her children.
Leda’s body is curvy and soft, suggesting seduction and fertility. Her round torso has beautiful shapes, and she folds her arms over her chest to graciously reach for the swan’s neck. Both her arms are around the creature, and the whole ensemble very delicately and whimsical. On her left hand, she holds a blossoming twig.
The swan’s neck goes up in meandering lines, and the head almost rests upon her shoulder. The creature looks up while wrapping its wings gently around Leda. His right wing, lighter in the image contours Leda’s waist and hip. While Leda is worked in light and warm colors, the swan fades on her side to a darker shade of a cold grey. Still, there is beautiful contrast work shaping the smooth, alluring organic shapes.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Leda (detail) 1508-15, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Leda (detail) 1508-15 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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