Leda and the Swan

Michel Anguier French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 549

This statue was probably made for Nicolas Fouquet, the finance minister of Louis XIV. It is believed to have belonged to a series of fourteen ancient gods and goddesses originally displayed in the gallery of Fouquet's Château de Saint-Mandé. 1970.140 combines a composition based upon a classical Leda, contemporary Parisian features, and reflections of Leonardo's Leda and the Swan and Rosso Fiorentino's Loss of Youth in the Gallery of François I at Fontainebleu.

Leda and the Swan, Michel Anguier (French, Eu (Seine-Maritime) 1612–1686 Paris), Limestone (pierre de Tonnerre), French

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