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"Leda and the Swan"
A mid-18th Century oil on canvas painting by Italian artist Gianbettino Cignaroli (1706-1770). Although Cignaroli lived and worked in native Verona, his paintings were coveted by rulers and dignitaries throughout Europe. The painting depicts a scene from Greek Mithology - in which god Zeus, who had eyes for Leda, wife of the Spartan king - came to seduce her on her wedding night in the form of a swan. At the lower right side of the painting you can Cupid with his bow and arrows. The painting is signed at lower left. Size: 153X116 cm. The painting is in very good condition. The canvas has an old lining, and shows a few small professional retouches, all in the background areas. The painting has a very important provenance - it was originally painted, and belonged to the private collection of Polish King Augustus III (king between 1734-1763). It also appears in literature.

Fair Market Value: $250,000

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