Leda in the News

In connection with a recent auction at Sotheby’s, there’s a piece on the arte10 website today about the colored steel panels of Leda and the Swan that pop artist Roy Lichtenstein made for the bathroom in gazillionaire Gunter Sachs’s penthouse in 1968.  It’s a lot more decorous than the depiction of the myth by Derrick Santini that London police took exception to last month, claiming it “condoned bestiality, which [is] an arrestable offence.”  You can look it up and decide for yourself.  Also in April, a stolen Renaissance oil painting of the same subject by Lelio Orsi was returned by U.S. Homeland Security to Italy.  It had previously sold at auction for $1.6 million but I have to say that I like Lichtenstein’s Leda better than this one, too.

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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