I find it ironic that Daphne, who practically ceased to exist after an attempted rape by Apollo, is said by some to be daughter of Peneus to whom Apollo and his mother were indebted. The Titaness Leto, pregnant with Apollo and Artemis, wandered the wide-bosomed earth due to the jealousy of Hera. The Queen of Heaven forbade her every land in Ancient Greece for the imminent birth. And behind the Titaness followed the Python, born of the postdiluvian slime and intent on devouring her twins upon their birth.
Apollo and Daphne is a life-sized Baroque marble sculpture by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini , executed between and The sculpture was the last of a number of artworks commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese , early on in Bernini's career. Much of the early work was done in —23, but a pause, quite possibly to work on the sculpture of David , interrupted its completion, and Bernini did not finish the work until Indeed, the sculpture itself was not moved to the Cardinal's Villa Borghese until September While the sculpture may be appreciated from multiple angles, Bernini planned for it to viewed slightly from the right because the work would have been visible from the doorway where it was located. When Phoebus Apollo , fated by Cupid 's love-exciting arrow, sees Daphne, the maiden daughter of Peneus , a river god, he is filled with wonder at her beauty and consumed by desire.