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Leda and the swan
Anonymous (Follower of: Cambiaso, Luca)
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Anonymous (Follower of: Cambiaso, Luca)

Leda and the swan

XVI century. Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on paper. Not on display

The drawing of the central figure group is especially weak, and it is hardly possible to make out the form of the swan´s body. Only the presence of the bird´s head, with its bill pecking at Leda´s mouth, permits the identification.

Two closely corresponding studio version of the composition, both superior in detail, are known: one in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. no. 13821F) and other in the Victorian Albert Museum, London (inv. no. Dyce 339). In both it is more evident that the two objects left of center of the foreground, are eggs. Another studio drawing of a closely related composition of the subjects is in the British Museum, London (inv. no. 1946-7-13-1348).

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Virginia, Art Services International, 2008, p.265

Technical data

Inventory number
Anonymous (Follower of: Cambiaso, Luca)
Leda and the swan
XVI century
Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Height: 178 mm.; Width: 282 mm.
Legacy of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 265.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Virginia, 2008, pp. 265.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 638.



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Update date: 06-04-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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