- Gian Lorenzo Bernini
- "Apollo and Daphne"
- ca. 1624
- Rome, Galleria Borghese
Bernini depicts Ovid's famous version of Apollo's pursuit of Daphne in Metamorphoses
"Apollo saw her, lover her, wanted her--her for his bride, and wanting, hoped--deceived by his own oracles"
The angle of this picture depicts Apollo in motion pursuing Daphne in the exact moment that she is being transformed into a tree.
"Scarce had she made her prayer when through her limbs a dragging languor spread, her tender bosom was wrapped in thin smooth bark, her slender arms were changed to branches and her hair to leaves; her feat but now so swift were anchored fast in numb swift roots, her fact and head became the crown of a green tree, all that remained of Daphne was her shining loveliness."