The Transformation of Daphne

“The Transformation of Daphne (Apollo and Daphne)” 100 x 150 cm, oil on linen, 2016 by Szuhodovszky Nicolas.

When APOLLO finally caught up with her, DAPHNE prayed for help to her father, the river god Peneus, who used metamorphosis to turn Daphne into a laurel tree: “Scarcely is her prayer finished when a heavy numbness grips her limps; her soft breast is wreathed in tender bark; her hair turns to leaves and her arms grow into branches; her foot, which just before was quick, clings to the ground with sluggish roots; her face becomes the treetop; her elegance is the only part of her that remains.” Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

In Greek Mythology, APOLLO was the God of the SUN, and it was his job to pull the sun across the sky in his 4-horse chariot every day.

DAPHNE was a Naiad Nymph in Greek Mythology, and was the daughter of the river god PENEUS of Thessaly. She was famous for being incredibly beautiful.

Greek Mythology states that Apollo had been mocking the God of Love, Eros (also known as Cupid). In retaliation, Eros fired a gold arrow that struck Apollo and made him fall in love with Daphne. Elated with sudden love, Apollo chased Daphne.

Painted with multiple layers, beginning with a monochrome and limited palette to full color saturation with glazes and opaque paint in the final layers.

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