Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces, or rapes, Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. In the W.B. Yeats version, it is subtly suggested that Clytemnestra, although being the daughter of Tyndareus, has somehow been traumatized by what the swan has done to her mother. According to many versions of the story, Zeus took the form of a swan and raped or seduced Leda on the same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. In some versions, she laid two eggs from which the children hatched.In other versions, Helen is a daughter of Nemesis, the goddess who personified the disaster that awaited those suffering from the pride of Hubris.


Greco-roman mosaic


Giovanni Battista


(atributed to) Leonardo da Vinci




Virgil Solis


Cesare da Sesto


Michelangelo Buonarroti


Ridolfo Ghirlandaio


Paolo Veronese


Peter Paul Rubens


François-Edouard Picot


Théodore Géricault


Giovanni Boldini


Paul Cézanne


Gustav Klimt


Henri Matisse


Cy Twombly


Jerzy Hulewicz


François Boucher


Gustave Moreau


Salvador Dalí


Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto)


Arturo Michelena


Fernando Botero


Constantin Brâncuși


Frederic Leighton


Warwick Globe


Louis Icart


Sam Taylor Wood


Helmut Newton


Joel Peter Witkin


Kate Moss photographed by Steve Klein


Derrick Santini