Greek and Roman Myths in Art
 

 

 



Jupiter and Leda

 

 

see also: Leda and the Swan - myth in art
 

 


see also:

The Odyssey of Homer


illustrations by John Flaxman

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Greek and Roman Myths in Art

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see also EXPLORATION (in Russian):

Homer  "Iliad "and "Odyssey"

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Apuleius "The Golden Asse"

illustrations by Jean de Bosschere and Martin Van Maele

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Longus

"The Pastorals, or the Loves of Daphnis and Chloe"

illustrations by Marc Chagall

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Greek and Roman Myths in Art
 

 


Leda, Ganymede
 

 


Jupiter and
Leda
 



see also:
Leda and the Swan - myth in art
 


Leda

in Greek legend, usually believed to be the daughter of Thestius, king of Aetolia, and wife of Tyndareus, king of Lacedaemon. Some ancient writers thought she was the mother by Tyndareus of Clytemnestra, wife of King Agamemnon, and of Castor, one of the Heavenly Twins. She was also believed to have been the mother (by Zeus, who had approached and seduced her in the form of a swan) of the other twin, Pollux, and of Helen, both of whom hatched from eggs. Variant legends gave divine parentage to both the twins and possibly also to Clytemnestra, with all three of them having hatched from the eggs of Leda, while yet other legends say that Leda bore the twins to her mortal husband, Tyndareus. Still other variants say that Leda may have hatched out Helen from an egg laid by the goddess Nemesis, who was similarly approached by Zeus in the form of a swan. (The egg was shown to tourists in Sparta in the 2nd century ad, according to the travel writer Pausanias.) The divine swan’s encounter with Leda was a subject depicted by both ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance artists; Leonardo da Vinci undertook a painting (now lost) of the theme, and Correggio’s Leda (c. 1530s) is a well-known treatment of the subject. William Butler Yeats’s "Leda and the Swan" is one of the classic poems of literary modernism.

 


Francois 
Boucher
1703-1770
France
Leda and the Swan.
1741

 

Correggio
1489-1534
Italy

Leda with the Swan.
1531-32
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

 

Peter
Paul
Rubens
1577-1640
Belgium

Leda and the Swan.

 

Cesare
da
Sesto
1477-1523
Italy

Leda and the Swan.
1510

 

Paolo
Veronese
1528-1588
Italy

Leda with the Swan.

 

Theodore
Gericault
1791-1824
France

Leda and the Swan.
1800
Musée du Louvre, Paris

 

Gustave
Moreau
1826-1898
France

Leda.

 

Salvador
Dali
1904-1989
Spain

Leda Atomica.
1949

 

Boris
Vallejo
1964-
USA
  Leda with the Swan.

 

 


Jupiter and
Ganymede
 

 

Anton
Domenico
Gabbiani
1652-1726
Italy

The Rape of Ganymede.
1700
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

 

Peter
Paul
Rubens
1577-1640
Belgium

The Abduction of Ganymede.

 

Correggio
1489-1534
Italy

Ganymede.
1531
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

 

 


Lovis Corinth

From the series


"The Loves of Zeus"

 

 

Lovis
Corinth
1858-1925
Germany

Alcmene with Zeus - Amphitrion. From the series "The Loves of Zeus"

 


 

Lovis
Corinth
1858-1925
Germany

Antiope and the Faun.
From the series "The Loves of Zeus"

 


 

Lovis
Corinth
1858-1925
Germany

Danae and the Shower of Gold.
From the series "The Loves of Zeus"

 


 

Lovis
Corinth
1858-1925
Germany

Io with the Cloud. 
From the series "The Loves of Zeus"

 

Lovis
Corinth
1858-1925
Germany
Ganymede and the Eagle.
 From the series "The Loves of Zeus".

 

Lovis
Corinth
1858-1925
Germany
Callisto with Zeus - Artemis.
From the series "The Loves of Zeus"

 

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