Apollo and Daphne

The god Apollo pursued the nymph Daphne. She prayed for rescue and was turned into a laurel tree as he touched her. The story appears in the 'Metamorphoses' of the classical Roman poet Ovid. Such pagan fables were popular subjects for the decoration of furniture in Florence.

The landscape, like that in the altarpiece of the 'Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian', is based on the Arno valley near Florence, and is likely to date from the same period.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1441 - before 1496
Full title
Apollo and Daphne
Date made
probably 1470-80
Medium and support
Oil on wood
29.5 x 20 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery