The head of Leda
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 12518

The head of Leda

c.1505-6

Leonardo da Vinci

Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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In the years around 1505 Leonardo developed two distinct versions of a composition of Leda and the Swan, depicting the myth of Leda, the wife of Tyndareus, King of Sparta, who was seduced by Jupiter in the form of a swan and bore two eggs, from which hatched Helen of Troy, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. More