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Andromeda and the Sea-Monster; Leda and the Swan

Massimiliano Soldani Benzidesigned before 1717; cast about 1725

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

· Andromeda & Sea Monster
· Leda & the Swan

Master sculptor Massimiliano Soldani Benzi cast the bronze groups of Andromeda and the Sea Monster and Leda and the Swan as pendants. Each depicts an episode from classical mythology, and the two are visually linked by opposing compositions. Leda reclines, forming a diagonal from the lower right to the upper left. This line is balanced by that created by Andromeda--a diagonal moving from the lower left to the upper right--as she attempts to escape. Both figures also display heightened emotion: Leda expresses seductive eroticism, and Andromeda expresses terrifying horror.

Each group retains its original base, golden reddish lacquer patina, and elaborate matching bronze mounts on the base.

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  • Title: Andromeda and the Sea-Monster; Leda and the Swan
  • Creator: Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
  • Date: designed before 1717; cast about 1725
  • Location Created: Italy
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Bronze on grey-green marble bases with bronze mounts
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Sculpture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 97.SB.61
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum East Pavilion, Gallery E102
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Sculpture


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