Leda and the Swan (c. 1532) by Correggio

Leda and the Swan - Correggio - c

Artwork Information

TitleLeda and the Swan
Date1531 - 1532
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions152 x 191 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationGemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
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About Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan is an oil painting created by Italian artist Correggio between 1531-32. It belongs to a collection of paintings depicting the love affairs of Jupiter. The artwork illustrates three scenes of Leda’s seduction by Jupiter, who took on the form of the bird. Correggio’s painting style was a precursor to the Rococo style, characterized by his use of dynamic composition, perspective, and foreshortening.

The painting is part of the Gemäldegalerie museum in Berlin. The figure of Leda in the painting is portrayed as opulent and mature, while her head appears young and virginal. The use of dynamic composition and perspective accentuates the sensuality of the scene. The painting is lauded for its technical excellence and expressive qualities, which adds to the emotional impact of the artwork.

Correggio’s “Leda and the Swan” is a stunning representation of a complex story of seduction and power. The painting exudes an air of eroticism through its sophisticated use of form and technique. The painting’s timeless appeal makes it one of the most valuable artworks in the Gemäldegalerie collection. Its contemplation conjures a sense of intrigue, prompting viewers to indulge in the artist’s virtuosity and the story behind it.

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