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Apollo and Daphne

Artist:
Andrea Schiavone (Andrea Medulic or Meldolla) (Italian, Zadar (Zara) (?) ca. 1510?–1563 Venice)
Date:
ca. 1538–40
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
sheet: 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (14.6 x 9.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.70.3(195)
Not on view
Schiavone learned to etch by studying the prints of Parmigianino, the first Italian artist to realize the medium's potential for approximating the spontaneity of drawing. Even more experimental and loose in his approach than his mentor, Schiavone created a number of lively depictions of mythological scenes. Here, the seeming swiftness of his line conveys Daphne's transformation where her fingers turn into branches and her toes root into the ground beside her father, the river god Peneus.
John Edward Rudge, Esq. (British, 1792–1861); Vendor: E. Parsons & Sons (London)
Richardson 1980, no.125
Francis L. Richardson Andrea Schiavone. Oxford, 1980.



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