Apollo and Daphne
- Object Name: Painting
- Description: 17th centuiry oil painting of Apollo and Daphne attributed to the followers of Nicolas Poussin. This painting is a contemporary copy of Poussin's Apollo and Daphne, 1625 now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.
- Description: A copy of Poussin's Apollo and Daphne, 1625 now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. Poussin was a French painter and draftsman (1594-1665), active in Italy
The painting shows a nymph, Daphne, daughter of the river god, Peneus is pursued by Apollo. Previously, the mischevious Cupid had shot Apollo with an arrow inducing love, and Daphne with an arrow which caused love to flee. Having run out of strength, Daphne prayed to her father to save her and is in the process of turning into a laurel tree, sprouting branches and leaves. Peneus is shown next to the couple mouring his daughter's fate. Cupid is also shown aiming the arrow. Rather than chosing a single dramatic point in the narrative, Poussin's composition juxtaposes all of the details of the story in a manner reminiscent of classical grave stele, creating a sense of timelessness. A similar effect is achieved in Poussin's Echo and Narcissus, 1627-8, another work in which the figures are shown being transformed into natural features of the classical landscape.
Many versions of this story, attributed to Poussin featured in sales during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This version of Poussin's work is, possibly, unfinished.
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