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Apollo, the Greek and Roman god of the sun and the arts, fell in love with the nymph Daphne. Chased to a riverbank, Daphne prayed to her father, the river god, Peneus, for help. At the moment Apollo reached out to touch her, she transformed into a laurel tree, branches and roots sprouting from her body. This work reveals key preoccupations of artists working in Italy in the 1600s: novel, active compositions; fleeting moments; and transformation from one physical form into another. Soldani based this work on a large-scale marble sculpture from 1622-25 by the Roman artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Credit: The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund ...
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c. 1700
55.5 x 34.2 x 21.9 cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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