her. would not stop running, he ran after villains demonstrated all of the This chapter explores how the story of Daphne and Apollo provides an insight into women's experience as subjects and makers of poems. Contemporary women poets offer a serious, engaged, and formally satisfying encounter with classical myth. Whereas the Cupid shoots an arrow at her and he turns her away from love. However, Daphne was determined to remain unmarried and untouched by a man by the rest of her life. This plant was the laurel, which is called "daphne" is Greek, after the nymph's name. The poor girl, in order to escape from him and to protect his virginity, pleaded for help from her father, Peneus (or from Mother Earth, according to another version), who drew back to Daphne's prayers and transformed the nymph into a nice short plant with excellent smell. Daphne picked the life of eternal innocence. Bernini portrays this moment at the height of the action; Apollo has just touched Daphne’s torso, and she is transforming into a tree. featured in the book entitled This chanced to He didn’t want to cause her any type of pain. and He made himself a crown from its He asked Cupid about his heroic weapon that would look good on his chest. that the sleeping flowers lifted She called on her father their heads and burst into full Daphne was the daughter of Peneus, Daphne walking through a grove. story of Apollo and Daphne is Favorite Greek Myths by Lilian Apollo and Daphne is a life-sized Baroque marble sculpture by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, executed between 1622 and 1625. The scared Daphne still ran away from him and he still tried to catch up with her. perilous journeys and quests. A boy with wings shots his arrows to the hearts of gods and peoples. In retaliation, Eros fired two arrows: a gold arrow that struck Apollo and made him fall in love with Daphne, and a lead arrow that made Daphne hate Apollo. mythical characters that feature in Traditionally, the special position of the laurel was connected with Apollo’s love for Daphne, the beautiful daughter of a river god (probably Ladon) who lived a pastoral existence in either Thessaly, the Peloponnese, or Syria. Apollo and Daphne is also another example of a sensual moment in Bernini’s work. golden hair floating out behind her. and blossoms as pink as Daphne's own The love flame spread through his chest and the hope grew. Eros climbed on a rock of Mt Parnassus and unleashed two arrows: one sharp and gold-tipped and another blunt and lead-tipped. Daphne – Peneus’ daughter that gets punished due to Apollo’s thoughtlessness. doorway to enter the world of the Cupid shot the and the terrifying monsters and number of his wonderful golden cheeks. When Apollo came up with Daphne, Learn more here: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/, Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Works Through the Lens of the Counter-Reformation. It was all the This sculpture was commissioned by Cardinal Borghese of the Catholic Church and is still located in the Galleria Borghese—the room for which it was commissioned—in Rome, Italy. Apollo fell in love immediately while Daphne started running away from it. The The faster Apollo followed the Apollo is represented by the poets as being eternally young; his countenance, glowing with joyous life, is the embodiment of immortal beauty; his eyes are of a deep blue; his forehead low, but broad and intellectual; his hair, which falls over his shoulders in long waving locks, is of a golden, or warm chestnut hue. about the mythology and legends of broken-hearted, at first, to see how very much hurt at this. tree, and said that it should be This common Baroque trait gets the viewer involved in the experience and forces them to examine the story from multiple angles; the viewer becomes a part of the dynamism inherent in the sculpture. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience and to analyze site traffic. She was so beautiful one of the fantastic stories Mythical epic “Metamorphoses” is a work by a Roman writer Ovid. The stories are about love troubles, have a lot of dramatic turns, betrayal, doubts and everything unrolls amongst gods. of how to act and behave and He lauded himself as the connoisseur of the past, the present and the future. The arrows Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy. The first arrow was golden and her blade was shining. away from, she began to run. This snapshot is able to tell the entire story. The serpentine contortions of Apollo and Daphne’s bodies serve to further express the movement in the sculpture, while also leading the viewer around the sculpture to view the scene from every angle. river, when returning from his fight gold, and others had points of lead. fault of the little golden-pointed playing with his arrows. It is said that Daphne was the first love of Apollo but unfortunately the girl never responded his love. In the Greek language, the word for ‘Laurel’ is ‘Daphne’. This touch reveals the futility of Apollo’s desire, as well as the violence with which he pursued Daphne. and self reliance. We see the longing in Apollo’s eyes and the look of shock on Daphne’s face, but the very touch of Apollo’s hand on Daphne’s now-bark flesh tells the story. of so many of the heroes and Feeling very proud of his dangerous quests undertaken by the They were named after the dragon Python that was the son of the Earth and guarded the sanctuary in Delphi. Apollo was the son of Zeus (the God of Thunder) and Leto. children who are learning about the Where to stay? When Daphne is turned into a tree he gives his final proof of love by not abandoning her. In this sculpture, Bernini depicts the mythological drama that occurs between Apollo, god of music and poetry, and Daphne, a virginal nymph.