Leda and the Swan, c. 1858

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Based upon a chalk drawing by the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo (1475-1564), this terra cotta sculpture depicts Leda, the ancient Queen of Sparta, being seduced by the Greek god Zeus in the guise of a swan. Dating back to Greek mythology, Leda and the Swan offered artists an acceptable motif for erotic depiction. The French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse chose this mythological subject to embody the sensuality of the reclining female form and evoke the artistic traditions of the great Renaissance masters.

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Carrier-Belleuse, Leda and the Swan (#842)
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Title
Leda and the Swan
Artist Life
1824–1887
Role
Artist
Accession Number
92.85.5
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