Leda as the Ancient Greek Madonna, Oil on canvas, 72 inches by 48 inches, 2012. This is an original oil painting by Roger Williamson depicting the timeless motif of woman as the focus and matrix of creativity. The concept has its origins going back to the dawn of human civilization.
In Greek mythology, Leda was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus of Sparta. According to the myth, Zeus appeared to Leda in the form of a swan, seducing and impregnating her. Leda produced four offspring from two eggs: Castor and Clytemnestra from one egg, and Helen and Polydeuces from the other.
As the mother of Helen of Troy, Leda is the root of the “Time of hero’s”, the Trojan War.
Zeus in this tale is demonstrated to be a “shape shifter”, a shaman entering our dimension and reality from another. An alien.