Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne sculpture

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini, December 1598 to November 1680, is one of the most influential artists of all time. Millions of tourists each year come to Rome and Vatican to admire Bernini’s artworks. Rudolf Wittkower said that Bernini laid the foundation of a new conception, thus, his sculptures not only expressed a single viewpoint with energetic actions, but also presented the transitory moment.

Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne sculpture is a perfect example for this new concept. Daphne turned back horror as she felt the hand of Apollo, but she was not aware of the simultaneous transformation of her own body.


Apollo, who was behind her, was in shock when he saw the quick transformation of Daphne. Since his body had not had time to react, Apollo continued to chase. Suddenly, he saw Daphne was turning into a tree, then he realized that it was to be unattainable… Bernini’s sculpture captured this dramatic moment.

Click here for the story of Apollo and Daphine.  The above two photos are from Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Bernini completed the Apollo and Daphine sculpture when he was 27 years old. The sculpture is housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome.
  • See Bernini’s Cathedra Petri:

22 thoughts on “Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne sculpture

  1. I live in a dream while viewing the brilliant photos and reading the story ! The transitory moment is totally subleme !You have done amazing work in all these posts !!!
    Beauty is in your heart dear Amy !!!


    • I appreciate so much you taking time to read these three Bernini posts. The encouraging words really touched my heart. Nothing is more joyful than one can share the love of art and nature!!! Thank you my dear friend, Doda!


      • All three were fascinating dear Amy !!! I so much enjoyed reading them ! I also feasted my eyes on the photos of these masterpieces of Art !!! A big thank-you Amy for everything you share with us.I want also to let you know that I feel sort of warmth flowing from your words and your writing.You so sensitively approch everything …


  2. What a remarkable an enlightening post about Gian Lorenzo Bernini´s sculpture of Apollo and Daphne … He was such a great artist… His sculpture speaks out loud and let us imagine the love story behind the characters.

    Thanks for sharing, dear Amy.

    Best wishes to you, Aquileana 😀


    • Happy to know that we share the same interest of this great artist. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.
      Have a wonderful weekend, Aquileana!


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