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David N. Corrado "Apollo Pursuing Daphne"


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"Apollo Pursuing Daphne"
Size
16" x 20"
Subject
Mutlicultural/Ethnic / European
Media
Painting / Oil
Style
Old Master
Status
Not For Sale

"Apollo Pursuing Daphne"

Apollo was a great warrior, but full of himself. One day he mocked Eros, the god of love or Cupid, for his use of a bow and arrow. Insulted, Eros then prepared two arrows: one of gold and one of lead. He shot Apollo with the gold arrow, instilling in him a passionate love for the nymph Daphne. He then shot Daphne with the lead arrow, instilling in her hatred for Apollo. Daphne, who had previously rejected many potential lovers, preferred woodland sports and exploring the forest. Seeing that Apollo was bound to reach her, she called upon her father, the river god Peneus. "Help me, Peneus! Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form!" So her father turned her into a laurel tree. Apollo kept the tree and in honor of his love for Daphne, he always wore it's leaves around his head. Apollo also used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to render Daphne's tree ever green. For this reason, the leaves of the Bay Laurel Tree do not decay. In my painting Apollo is holding back his tears as he looks at Daphne. His arms are reaching out as if to hug her. She then turns away while reflected in his armor.