Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Apollo and Daphne

I chose to blog about Bernini's Apollo and Daphne because at first glance the statue shows fluidity and movement. The statue was created in 1625, the medium is stone, and it is displayed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, Italy. I also loved the story behind it, that Apollo was bothering Cupid, and therefore Cupid hit him with his arrow to make him fall in love with the Nymph Daphne, who was devoted to being a virgin and never marrying. Apollo chances after her and she prays to the river god to save her, and he turns her into a tree. You can see in Daphne's body position how hard she is working to escape from Apollo and the disgust on her face. I think the transition of her into a tree is shown beautifully mid-transiton. I also like that one side shows their bodies in the struggle and the other side of the sculpture is Daphne as the tree.

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