(b. 1656, Capodistria, d. 1746, Roma)
Apollo and Daphne-
Oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
The story is taken from the Metamorphoses of the Roman poet Ovid. After Apollo had offended Cupid in his capacity as an archer, the god of love shot two separate arrows out of spite. One of these struck Apollo himself, who became inflamed with love for Daphne, the daughter of the river god Peneus. With the other, with opposing effect, he hit Daphne, who as a result fled Apollo's advances.