Taken from the painting “Leda and the Swan” by Leonardo da Vinci, this relief is a copy of a preparatory pen and ink drawing of a woman’s head. The original painting by da Vinci was completed around 1508 and was an oil painting depicting a naked female (Leda) embracing a swan, with four babies just hatched from eggs at their feet.
The original painting is believed lost, but a copy can be seen in Wilton House, Salisbury, England. In Greek mythology, the god Zeus transforms himself into a swan and travels to earth to seduce a lady called Leda. On the same night she sleeps with her husband, the Spartan King, Tyndareus. She gives birth to two eggs that hatch. In one is Zeus’s children Helen and Polydeuces, in the other, King Tyndareus’s, Castor and Clytemnestra.
The plaque is made individually by hand in Bath, England from British gypsum plaster.