Apollo and Daphne
Andrea Schiavone (Andrea Meldola) Italian
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.
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