Friday, June 28, 2013


On a day like today, Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, was born 
June 28, 1577.- Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640), was a German-born Flemish
 Baroque painter,  and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement,
 color, and sensuality. He is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes
, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In this image a visitor looks at the oil
 painting "Léda et le Cygne" de 1600 by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens at the Louvre-Lens
museum in Lens during the latest exhibition. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN.

The myth of Leda seduced by Zeus disguised as a swan
 inspired many painters, including Leonardo da Vinci. In
my opinion, Leonardo's work is much more graceful than
Rubens graphic painting and inspired my poem. See the
double sets of twins included in the mid-ground.
By Babs Loyd

Early, Leda assumed her day would be the usual
But by that night, her thoughts were not perusable.

The human queen never suspected Zeus’ rash intentions
while he appeared in his gorgeous swan’s invention.

After, she shooed him as he elegantly glided out of sight.
Later, her husband wooed her that very same night.

Excited, their court assumed when she began to show that she
And the virile King of Sparta would soon be three.

No one expected the twins Helen and Polydeuce,
Nine months earlier co-parented by the sneaky Zeus.

The second set of twins, Castor and Pollox, shocked the nation.
Zeus eventually set them among the stars as The Gemini Constellation.

Modern Soap Operas have nothing on the Greeks’ myths
For many strange consequences of love’s weird twists.

 Leda and the Swan, copy by Cesare Sesto after a lost original by Leonardo, 1515-1520, Oil on canvas, Wilton House, England. Leda and the Swan, copy by Cesare Sesto after a lost original
 by Leonardo da Vinci, painted 1515-1520, oil on canvas, in the collection of Wilton House, England.

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