Apollo & Daphne, by: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1622-1625). Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Apollo, son of Zeus, and god of sun and light (among about a dozen other things) was messing with Cupid one day. Cupid shoots him with one of his famed loved arrows in retribution. Apollo falls immediately in love with Daphne, the nymph daughter of a river god. Despite being a nymph (from which the word nymphomania is derived), Daphne isn’t interested in mighty Apollo’s advances. In fact she’s so unwilling she asks her dad to turn her into a laurel tree.
“‘Destroy the beauty that has injured me, or change the body that destroys my life’. Before her prayer was ended, torpor seized on all her body, and a thin bark closed around her gentle bosom, and her hair became as moving leaves; her arms were changed to waving branches, and her active feet as clinging roots were fastened to the ground – her face was hidden with encircling leaves”. / Ovid#17th century #apollo and daphne #bernini #borghese #gian lorenzo bernini #ovid #rome #sculpture #art