barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Hieronymus Cock (around 1510 – 1570)

Apollo and Daphne

Antwerp, 1558

Etching

Plate: 230 x 312 mm

Mount: 405 x 556 mm

Apollo and Daphne were among Cupid’s targets. Apollo, instilled with a great passion, pursues a terrified Daphne, who seeks divine assistance. Here, she is in the process of metamorphosing into a laurel tree: limbs sprouting leaves, foot merging with the earth to take root. The scene is placed in a contemporary European landscape punctuated with church steeples. Whilst this combination of myth and landscape could be an attempt to make the subject feel more immediate, it also suggests the scene carries a Christian moral – Daphne’s salvation mirroring an answered prayer.

Purchased November 1957 (No. 57.8) for £10

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