Leda and Swan, Jacopo Tintoretto, 1555
- Posted by Jacopo Tintoretto
- Museum: Uffizi Gallery
- Year: 1555
Overview of the painting :
Leda and Swan – Jacopo Tintoretto. 1555. Oil on canvas. 162 x 218
This Venetian painter created large canvases in which the poses and gestures of the characters are complex and expressive, and the light fights with darkness. In this case, Tintoretto addressed the ancient myth of how Zeus, or Jupiter among the Romans, captivated by the beauty of Leda, appeared to her in the form of a swan.
The plot was popular with Italian artists because of the ability to convey the shade of sensual love, depict the beautiful naked body of a woman, and finally bring special plastic to the picture. Tintoretto has a swan reaching for Leda, which itself resembles this elegant bird. According to legend, the action took place on the Eurot River, where Leda bathed, but the artist moved the scene to the room of a rich Venetian house. The beauty lies on the bed, behind it is a velvet curtain that shades the whiteness of the body and emphasizes its smoothness and tenderness. On the left is a maid who, not knowing what kind of swan it is, is going to put him in a cage. The action of the maid, from which Leda closes his beloved, reinforces the moment of secrecy present in the picture.