1622 1625

Apollo & Daphne, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622-1625.

Daphne, fleeing from Phoebus (Apollo) but being helplessly caught and her forces weakened, prays to her father Peneus: Destroy the beauty that has injured me, or change the body that destroys my life.
Before her prayer was ended, torpor seized on all her body, and a thin bark closed around her gentle bosom, and her hair became as moving leaves; her arms were changed to waving branches, and her active feet as clinging roots were fastened to the ground—her face was hidden with encircling leaves.

from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.