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Leda and the Swan

Nicolas de Launay, French, 1739 - 1792. After a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre, French, 1714 - 1789.

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Etching and engraving

Plate: 12 11/16 x 14 7/16 inches (32.2 x 36.7 cm) Sheet: 15 13/16 x 20 15/16 inches (40.1 x 53.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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The god Jupiter seduced the mortal Leda by assuming the form of a swan. Here the sinuous curves of Leda's body and the swan's neck harmonize beautifully with the oval shape of the composition.