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ID number:  BIRBI-57.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Cock, Hieronymus (c. 1510-1570)
Title / Object name:  Apollo and Daphne
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Antwerp
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  1558
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Plate: 230 x 312 mm; mount: 405 x 556 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock & Barnard, November 1957, for £10

Apollo and Daphne were among Cupid’s targets. Apollo, instilled with great passion, pursues a terrified Daphne, who seeks divine assistance. Here, she is in the process of metamorphosing into a laurel tree: limbs sprouting leaves, foot merging with the earth to take root. The scene is placed in a contemporary European landscape punctuated with church steeples. While this combination of myth and landscape could be an attempt to make the subject feel more immediate, it also suggests the scene carries a Christian moral – Daphne’s salvation mirroring an answered prayer.

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