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Apollo and Daphne
Those Greek gods were pretty crazy--and always hot to trot. That's a great representation of that story.
By: PT Dilloway on January 8, 2014
I've not heard the story before, but after you explained it, I can see it in his work. Great story....amazing sculptor. S
By: Scott Cody Park on January 8, 2014
I've seen this statue, and the explanation from our elderly guide was no where near as accurate or entertaining as yours.
By: Shelly on January 8, 2014
Of all the arts, sculpture is my favorite!! Do you remember the deodorant commercial years ago where the camera pulled in for a close up the armpit of an exquisite statue & the announcer would say, "In the mature man & mature woman..."? It drove me crazy--I boycotted them!!
By: fishducky on January 8, 2014
Fantastic synopsis of the story. I've not studied this sculpture before, but the next time I'm in Rome I'll be wishing you were there to explain it all to me!
By: The Broad on January 8, 2014
I love all your penis metaphors. "Excess wood in the bat" is just plain awesome. I think the greek gods are better than the Christian god. They are unapologetically bad-mannered and ill-tempered so it makes sense when you explain the death of a child in the pettiest way (this in contrast to the Christian explanation of "god just needed another angel...")
By: Michael Offutt on January 8, 2014
excess wood in the bat and termite protection....oh my gawd I am truly laughing my .... off! You have the Irish gift with words!
By: on January 8, 2014
You're right - it's clever, innovative, and exciting. I wouldn't have appreciated it as much if you hadn't explained it -- so thank you!
By: Lexa Cain on January 8, 2014
Wow.....just your description is quite stimulating! Ha ha! Very interesting look at meaning that I might have otherwise missed.
By: Carrie on January 8, 2014
An amazing work, thank you for sharing it.
By: mimi on January 8, 2014
I must agree, this shows what would be an absolute instant in time, I actually look at HIS expression, I don't think he's registered that he, um, ain't gettin' any... It is a marvel of art! Cat
By: Cat on January 8, 2014
I love your hilarious explanation of the whole scenario! Good thing Bernini lived in Rome during the 17th century...in America, nowadays, his art would not have a chance. Not enough sheets to cover all that nudity!
By: Pixel Peeper on January 8, 2014
Beautiful, yes. Although I can't help but think a good seamstress could have made a killing back then, what with all the wardrobe malfunctions...
By: Val on January 8, 2014
i think it's the fingers that get me. there's a delicacy in the transformation there.
By: lime on January 8, 2014
Thanks for your description of this statue. It certainly does show action and emotion.
By: red on January 8, 2014
I think you could broaden your writing to include seductive pieces. You just might garner additional admirers. The gods are looking down at thee... with more than Ovid could ever offer.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 8, 2014
Your story greatly improves the art. I would have definitely signed up for your course.
By: Cranky on January 8, 2014
I always thought this stuff boring but with your spin on it, it's actually interesting. Thanks for that!
By: Bouncin Barb on January 8, 2014
that's a great story Stephen. very interesting. i will google
By: Fran on January 8, 2014
What a most interesting post, you do indeed have a great knowledge of art and thank you for sharing it.
By: John on January 9, 2014
Fascinating story - you are a gold-mine of information!
By: Bryan Jones on January 9, 2014
I could easily stare at a minute portion of that for a lengthy amount of time. I see the magnificence you're referring too. I would also like to note that your image of Ovid is quite spectacular ("must have spent most of his life with a throbbing erection under his toga"). xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on January 9, 2014
Well, it's like I always say...if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it.
By: Al Penwasser on January 9, 2014
That's so beautiful. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 9, 2014
Oh, but if I could only transform a tree into Jennifer Aniston! I enjoyed this post, Stephen, and especially your description of Bernini as "the Steven Spielberg of the seventeenth century"! Bravo, Bravo!! :)
By: Michael Manning on January 9, 2014
I think the statue is beautiful and I wasn't familiar with either the story or the art. What a tragic story.. The over-sexed pursuer should of been the one turned into something. Not the victim. Seems to me the other gods were sexists.
By: Cheryl P. on January 10, 2014
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