• Leda and the Swan

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    black chalk, brush with brown, gouache
    Dimensions:
    35,7х27 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Leda and the Swan

Flanders, 1630s

Two graphic works with an unusual triangular shape were undoubtedly conceived as a pair. The subjects were taken from Greek mythology: one of the drawings depict Pan, the Arkadian god of woods and groves, the other Leda, the daughter of a king of Aetolia. Her beauty captivated Zeus, who ravished her in the guise of a swan. In technique and manner of execution these colourful works completed with watercolour and gouache over a light sketch made in black chalk are close to the drawings that Jordaens produced in connection with his work on tapestries, in particular to the Design for a Decorative Frieze that is also featured in the exhibition. It is possible to surmise that these drawings were designs for decorative elements framing a tapestry, although such figures do not occur in the known tapestry compositions by Jordaens.

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Leda and the Swan

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black chalk, brush with brown, gouache

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35,7х27 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the former Museum of the Decorative and Applied Arts (the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron A. L. Shtieglitz)

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ОР-33445

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