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Del Pollaiolo's Apollo And Daphne Essay

  • Submitted by: digidigidigi
  • on December 4, 2011
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 799 words

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In the Renaissance period, many artists found newfound interest and inspiration in the form of Greek Mythology. Artists from all over Europe found many intriguing subjects and stories in mythology, and began to express them in the form of paintings and statues.   Where as ancient artists recreated these myths, among other reasons, as gifts to the gods, Renaissance artists enjoyed the depth of the stories and characters and viewed them as perfect subjects for their artwork. The painting I have chose to look at is “Apollo and Daphne,” painted by Antonio del Pollaiolo in the time frame of 1470 to 1480, using tempera on wood. This work is housed in the National Gallery in London, England. This painting is touching on the myth of Apollo, a god, and Daphne, a nymph. In the Greek Mythological universe, Apollo is a very flirtacious god, and usually comes away with nothing to show for it. This time however his lust is the result of Eros, who was insulted by Apollo when playing with his bow and arrow. Eros in turn shot Apollo with a golden arrow, resulting in and undying desire for Daphne. Eros then shot Daphne with a lead arrow, making her detest Apollo. Del Pollaiolo captures the exact moment when Apollo finally reaches Daphne after a foot chase. She had sent up a prayer to her father, a river god, to turn her into a laurel tree in order to escape Apollo. He does so at the exact moment Apollo reaches her.

Del Pollaiolo portrays the myth by capturing the exact moment when Apollo has finally chased down Daphne, only to reach her while she is transforming into a laurel tree.   It much resembles Bernini’s masterpiece of Apollo and Daphne, however his came 150 years later and in statue form. Apollo is shown much shorter than Daphne, who by now has both arms and a leg transformed into tree branches. Apart from his blonde hair, Apollo is shown with none of his attributes. His iconic laurel wreath is a direct result of this myth, as Apollo took some of the laurel from the tree...

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