FRANCO, Battista
(b. ca. 1510, Venezia, d. 1561, Venezia)

Bacchantes with Apollo and Daphne

c. 1550
Etching on laid paper (first state of two), 87 x 190 mm
Private collection

Daphne has just been transformed into a laurel tree and a rout of male and female followers of the riots of Bacchus have arrived playing cymbals and biting serpents. The subject of this print is more than mythological. Apollo's desire for Daphne leads to her flight and her prayer than she not be taken by Apollo; her father, the river-god Peneus, transforms her into a laurel tree, which the disappointed Apollo transforms into his reward for poets and conquerors.

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