Leda looks to be happily entangled with the swan, bashfully looking away, toward her twin babies.  The story goes that the Zeus-swan either seduced or raped (this is a big OR) Leda on the same night that she slept with her husband King Tyndareus, so the father of her twins have been disputed. The egg in the painting implies that the twins are born from Leda and Zeus. I was drawn to this painting because it is part of a theme I noticed in the Galleria Borghese: women being subjected to the wiles of men and the power of the patriarchy.

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