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The story of Leda and Zeus (or Jupiter) was very popular in ancient Greece.
Zeus managed to seduce the lady Leda while he was taking the form of a swan which came to her in search of aid. As Wikipedia says: “Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux,” all of whom grew up to become legendary figures in their own right.

Images of their consummation were very popular decorations on ancient Greek stoneware….

This image is one of many story images of birds and animals featured in my calendar Legendary Tales: Myths and Legends

Ink drawing with digital color, 2005

Stephanie Smith is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw.

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  • DianasCreations
    DianasCreationsabout 6 years ago

    Very beautiful art work!

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work x

  • DonnaProctor
    DonnaProctoralmost 6 years ago

    A stunning interpretation… Moreau would be proud. Your ink work is beyond compare. Nicely done!

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you so much, such a comparison makes me blush. :)

  • brettisagirl
    brettisagirlalmost 6 years ago

    neat! i’ve always liked this story for some reason … have you seen the Klimt painting of Leda ?

  • I don’t think I have… I can just imagine his take on it tho!

    There’s surprisingly little source material for this story, for all that’s been written (and drawn, and sculpted, etc) — it was one of those that was so common no one bothered writing it down for ages and ages… in Metamorposes it was only mentioned in passing, but it is SO compelling I couldn’t help but draw it!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralalmost 6 years ago

    I love all the swan maiden tales, Celtic, Greek, Norse. Beautiful representation!!!!!

  • There’s something about swans, isn’t there? Thanks, MoonSpiral!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Luke Brannon
    Luke Brannonover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured in the Finks of Ink!

  • Thanks Luke! I’m very honored!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanabout 5 years ago

    There is an essence of sacred legend in this! Especially love the gentle spread and fall of the swan’s wings!

  • Thank you so much Gemma! I love ancient legends… if you couldn’t tell! :)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALover 4 years ago

    Beautiful works…

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