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Leda
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Leda

Ca. 135. White marble, 143 x 70 cm.

This is a Roman copy of a famous work by Timotheus (c. 370 B. C.). This Greek sculptor, known for his activity in Epidaurus and in the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, shows Leda partly naked as a result of a sudden movement which opens her dress. This new feature was surpassed twenty years later by Praxiteles with the creation of the totally naked Aphrodite of Cnidus. The viewer has to imagine the absent eagle pursuing the swan which, in turn, is protected by the heroine with her cloak. The twins Castor and Pollux were born from the marriage of Zeus, in the form of a swan, with Leda, the Queen of Sparta.

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Technical data

Inventory number
E00009
Author
Roman Sculptor
Title
Leda
Date
Ca. 135
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
White marble
Dimension
High/Height: 143 cm.; Width: 70 cm.; Base/bottom: 44 cm.
Provenance
Collection of Queen Christina of Sweden; Collection of Livio Odescalchi; Royal Collection (Felipe V's collection, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia)

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 57.

Reinach, Salomon, Repertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine. Vol. I, Ernest Leroux, París, 1906, pp. 195.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 30-31, n.9.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 65.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 19.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº9.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Cristina de Suecia en el Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1997.

El Cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998, pp. 146.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica : guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 78.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 97-102.

Corona y arqueología en el Siglo de las Luces, Patrimonio Nacional, 2010, pp. 85-93.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Las esculturas de Cristina de Suecia: un tesoro de la Corona de España, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2011, pp. 48-49,76 / 150-151.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 17.
17. Estatua de Leda, de marmol de Carrara. / Alto 4 pies, 8 pulgs.

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Location +

Room 073 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 25-04-2017 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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