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Apollo and Daphne

Paolo Caliari (AKA Veronese), Italian, (1528–April 19, 1588)

Creation date: ca. 1560-1565
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1945.27
State/Province: Venice
Dimensions: 43 1/16 in. x 44 5/8 in. (109.38 cm x 113.35 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Yarborough, London, England ( - )

J. Carr, London, England ( - )

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York ( - 1945)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California ( - July 31, 1945)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (July 31, 1945 - )

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The story of Apollo and Daphne is among the most familiar tales of Greco-Roman mythology and a favorite subject for artists in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. The god Apollo was enflamed with love for the nymph Daphne, but she, wishing to remain chaste, rejected him and fled into the forest. Apollo gave chase, and the nymph prayed to her father, the river god Peneus, to save her from Apollo’s embrace. Just as Apollo was about to catch Daphne, she was transformed into a laurel tree, with her toes stretching down into the ground as roots and her fingers turning into branches and sprouting leaves. Executed in the painterly style so characteristic of Veronese’s work, this canvas presents an interesting take on the story. It shows not the climactic moment of the chase and Daphne’s transformation, but rather, the anticlimactic moment just afterwards, when Apollo stares upward with wonder at the metamorphosis that has occurred.
Last Updated: 10/13/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit San Diego Museum of Art , 00/00/00 - 5/19/1981

Veronese & His Studio Birmingham Museum of Art , 10/1/1972 - 12/31/1972

Véronese Profane Musée du Luxembourg , 9/22/2004 - 6/13/2005

The Secular Veronese , 9/22/2004 - 5/29/2005

Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art , 12/7/2012 - 4/14/2013

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 61, 62, Figure Number: 62

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 40

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 104

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Venetian School: Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1957
Page Number: 135

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 467

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 632

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 69, 71, Figure Number: 71

Terisio Pignatti. Veronese: L'opera completa Alfieri Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italia, 1976
Page Number: 139, no. 191

Terisio Pignatti. Veronese: L'opera completa Alfieri Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italia, 1976
Page Number: 488, Figure Number: 488

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 294

John D. Morse. Old Masters in America: Rand McNally & Company. New York, New York, 1955
Page Number: 175

Paul Geerts. Laurus nobilis: Ludion Gent. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002
Page Number: 8, Figure Number: 8

Mr. William E. Suida. The Art Quarterly The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, Michigan, Summer 1945
Page Number: 186, Figure Number: 13

Filippo Pedrocco. Veronese: Musée du Luxembourg. Paris, France, 2004
Page Number: 128, 129, Figure Number: 24

Ms. Stefania Mason. Veronese: Musée du Luxembourg. Paris, France, 2004
Page Number: 26 note 17, 27

Ms. Stefania Mason. Veronese: Skira editore. Milano, Italia, 2005
Page Number: 26

Filippo Pedrocco. Veronese: Skira editore. Milano, Italia, 2005
Page Number: 118, 119, Figure Number: 20

Edward F. Weeks, ed. Veronese & His Studio Birmingham Museum of Art. Birmingham, Alabama, 1972
Page Number: 13, Figure Number: 13

Inge Reist. Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida State University, Scala Publishers Ltd.. London, UK, 2012
Page Number: 83,97,118-119,263, Figure Number: 12

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