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La statua di Apollo e Dafne realizzata da Gian Lorenzo Bernini

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10 May 2019


Apollo and Daphne

by Ramona Lucarelli

Boasting of his exploits with Cupid, whose laughs his failed deeds, Apollo soon suffers his revenge. A golden dart struck him making fall madly in love with the nymph Daphne, hit in turn by an arrow of lead ready to push him back.

In the sculptural group Apollo and Daphne (1622-25) Gian Lorenzo Bernini makes them immortal.
The nymph invokes her father Peneo so that she may be granted another form to escape him.
We are thus witnessing her transformation into a laurel plant: strong branches replace the hair and fingers, while the feet give way to the roots. A distraught Apollo will hug the trunk of the nymph and from that day the laurel became sacred to the young god.

In that fatal instant of marble, Bernini celebrates the beauty of their bodies, the softness of those surfaces that give way to the rough bark and its foliage.


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She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.

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