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This rare etching, known in only four impressions, is a close replica in reverse of a drawing in the Albertina that is usually attributed to Parmigianino, though sometimes to his follower Girolamo Bedoli. The subject has always been identified as Apollo and Daphne, yet a bearded Apollo is an anomaly and the donkey in the background likewise has no place in that familiar myth. Comparison with a woodcut in an early Italian edition of Ovid reveals that the moment depicted here is the transformation of the wood nymph Lotis, who sought refuge from the advances of the lusty Priapus by taking the form of a tree
Possibly Thomas Herbert, eighth earl of Pembroke (British, 1656–1733, Wilton House, Wiltshire); By descent to Reginald Herbert, fifteenth earl of Pembroke (British, 1880–1960, Wilton House, Wiltshire)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 8, 2007–March 25, 2007.
Herbet V (Anonyme), p. 67, no. 48
Felix Herbet Les Graveurs de l'École de Fontainebleau. B. M. Israël, reprint. Amsterdam, 1896-1902 (reprint 1969).
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