Leda and Zeus

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Leda and the Swan

Leda and Zeus


Oil on canvas 72 inches by 48 inches 2012

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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, she is root of the “Time of Heros”, the Trojan War.

Zeus in this tale is demonstrated to be a “shape shifter”, a shaman entering our dimension and reality from another.  He is an alien.

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