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Leda and the Swan, with Cupid: M.60-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Leda and the Swan, with Cupid


Sculptor: Soldani-Benzi, Massimiliano




Figure group. Copper alloy, probably bronze. Cast, and chased. Jupiter is disguised as a swan, and is clambering up a rocky bank to Leda, whose left arm is wrapped around the swan's body. Jupiter is assisted by Cupid, who removes Leda's draperies.


History note: (with M.59-1984) Purchased directly from Massimilano Soldani-Benzi by Giovan Gualberto Guicciardini, Palazzo Valori (or dei 'Visacci'), Florence, 25 June 1717 (150 scudi); March 1729 by inheritance, Carlo Rinuccini (husband of Vittoria Teresa Guicciardini, daughter of the late Giovan Gualberto), Palazzo Rinuccini, Florence; 19th century, by inheritance, Prince Ludovico Trivulzio, Milan; The Luccardi Collection, Milan; Zürich art market, where purchased by John Winter; Given by John Winter, Esq. in memory of his father, Carl Winter, Director of the Fitzwilliam (1946-1966), 1984.

Legal notes

Given by John Winter, Esq. in memory of his father Carl Winter, Director of the Fitzwilliam (1946-1966)

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.5 cm
Length: 31.5 cm
Width: 14.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Winter, John


18th Century, Early#
1717 CE - 1717-06-25 CE


A pair with Ganymede and the Eagle, M.59-1984

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast, and chased

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.60-1984
Primary reference Number: 14007
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_60_1984
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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