Apollo and Daphne is a figure sculpture created by Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Benini. It’s one of his masterpieces, and at the same time, he was also creating his other art of sculpture David. You can also check out David’s sculpture on our website. We also made David sculpture. The work of Apollo and Daphne is now in the These Museum in Rome, Italy. It based on an ancient Greek myth (statue), shows Daphne changing into a laurel tree when touched by Apollo’s hand. The sculpture of Apollo and Daphne is an ancient Greek fairy tale retold in the form of amorous little stories by Greek and Roman writers.
This bronze sculpture shows the moment when Apollo’s hand touches Daphne’s body. Both of them are running in the wind, and their bodies are light and graceful. The beautiful Daphne has begun to turn into a laurel tree but has not been fully transformed. Her strong legs gradually became tree trunks, implanted in the earth, and leaves grew out of her flowing hair and delicate fingers. Daphne’s beauty was not dimmed by the fact that a part of her body had become vegetated. Her flying posture, arms, and body formed a beautiful S shape so that all the audience admire the beauty of the young girl. And the side of her head, with its frightened eyes, was easy to pity. In contrast, Apollo helplessly watched his beloved woman become a laurel tree. But there was no way to recover, his expression also became helpless up. His left hand stretched forward, gently wrapping itself around Daphne’s body, and his right hand extended diagonally below, still in a chasing posture. Our bronze Apollo and Daphne sculptures also depict all these details and have received many positive comments from our clients.
One of my customers once told me, the details and emotions in this sculpture gave her a sense of melancholy. She said, “If you don’t know the backstory of the sculpture. You can also clearly see that the woman is trying to escape the man’s control.” Bernini captured Daphne’s metamorphose form, looking desperate for any chance to escape Apollo. “This reminds me of women today. More and more women are being harassed by men. Who are still pestered by men, even if they show no interest in them? The culture of power structures and entitlement makes people think that they should pay attention to their romantic side. But I believe the emotions and stories behind this sculpture are still relevant to the socialization of humans today.”