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Leda and the swan

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Leda springs up to protect the swan, which she clasps to her side with her right arm, while her left was raised against the eagle's attack. A thick-soled sandal is on the left foot, straps being indicated by paint. Her sudden movement caused the Doric chiton, worn with a deep overfold and open...

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By date unknown: Farnese Collection; by 1808: seen in the Farnese Palace at Caprarola near Rome; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, Late 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 037; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).


Overall: 88.5 x 53 x 31 cm (34 13/16 x 20 7/8 x 12 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World