Art: Leda and the Swan ₁

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Leda and the Swan is a classic subject in the arts. The following are some image collections.

Leda and the Swan
Leda and the Swan, 1530, by Michelangelo.

The story behind this painting, is that the all powerful god Zeus, shape-shifted himself into a swan so that he can cheat into f���ing Leda. The outcome of this zoophilia, is the conception of HelenClytemnestra and twin Castor and Pollux. Of which, Helen is famed as the most beautiful mortal, and the Trojan War is a war fought over her. While, the twin Caster & Pollux, is famously known as the Gemini (Latin for twin), and a constellation is named after them.

Leda and the Swan
«“Leda and the Swan” 1898 〜 1900, Maurice Ferrary (1852 〜 1904), Marble, green onyx and bronze, height 50.08cm» img src
Leda and the Swan
From The Scindia Museum, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India. img src
Leda and the Swan
A very feminine rendering. The artist is probably Hilary Anne Pollock. img src
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«Leda and The Swan, 1996, street sculpture (steel, neon, laser beam), Hotel Estrel, Berlin.» http://aes.zhurnal.ru/leda.html
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Left: ≈2c BCE. Middle: bronze, Roman Imperial, ≈1c CE, height: 14.7 cm. http://www.thecityreview.com/s03sant.html Right, from web, unknown.
Leda and the Swan by Antonio Abondio
A coin (1550s) made by the sculptor Antonio Abondio (1538 〜 1591). img src
lady and the swan, by Ava West
«Leda And The Swan Hat By Ava West» http://tribeca.net/home/comma/leda-and-the-swan-hat
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Leda And The Swan mosaic at Aphrodite temple, Kouklia, Cyprus. (Image © 2005 Ken Fairfax, used by permission. img src)

Here's quote from Ken Fairfax's site:

Kouklia was the home to a cult of Aphrodite from at least 3,800 BC and was mentioned in many ancient texts, including Homer's Iliad. The temple complex is now largely in ruins but the many art treasures found there are now in museums in New York, Paris, London and Nicosia.

This is actually a copy of a 3rd century AD mosaic of Leda and the Swan at Kouklia. The original is in the museum but this copy was placed in the exact spot where the original was found.

Aphrodite is the goddess of copulation, worshied at Cyprus, her birth place.The temple was active from 12th cnetury BC to 4th C AD.

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“Leda and the Swan”, ≈1740. Attributed to Francois Boucher. (1703-70) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Slideshow/slideshowContentFrameFragXL.jhtml
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“Leda and the Swan”, ≈1910, by C A Holland. img src
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