Oil on canvas, 30.5cm by 38cm.
The seduction of Leda by the god Zeus, disguised as a swan. One of four small paintings by Maratta, (see also PICs 238, 244 & 245), bought by the 5th Earl of Exeter and first recorded at Burghley in the 1688 Inventory: 25; “My lords closett…..2 peices a Lyda, a Ixion no frames by —“. 1738 Inventory, p. 55-6: “The Dressing room… 4 small Pieces; Jupiter and Alcmene, Danäe and the Golden Shower. Leda and the Swan. Ixion and the Cloud “, where they still hang.