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Leda and the Swan
Style of Pier Francesco Mola

The story of Leda and the Swan is a Greek myth which is told in various versions. Leda, the wife of the king of Sparta, was loved by the god Jupiter. He transformed himself into a swan and came to lie with her. As a consequence of their union she bore the twins Castor and Pollux, who were hatched from eggs. The subject was popular during the Renaissance.

The painting is considerably damaged and restored, but is perhaps a mature autograph work.

Key facts
Artist Style of Pier Francesco Mola
Artist dates 1612 - 1666
Full title Leda and the Swan
Date made probably 1650-66
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 38.6 x 50.1 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number NG151.1
Location in Gallery Not on display
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