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ID number:  BIRBI-57.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Chassériau, Théodore (1819-1856)
Title / Object name:  Apollo and Daphne
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Île-de-France: Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1844
Materials:  Lithograph
Measurements:  320 x 245 mm; mount: 555 x 405 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock & Barnard, November 1957, for £3
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According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Daphne turned into a laurel tree to escape the clutches of the besotted god Apollo. Although Chassériau emphasises the intense emotion of the subject, he shows Daphne, despite her evident anxiety, as very much an idealised nude figure. Her awkward pose is reminiscent of those struck by life models. It reflects the artist’s formal training under Ingres, the great master of Neoclassicism, who had established an ideal nude type, chaste and sculptural, earlier in the 19th century.

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