Friday, December 7, 2012

Exquisite Beauty For You

Bernini's statue of Apollo and Daphne
Closeup of Apollo and Daphne
The Story of Apollo and Daphne
Apollo, being very full of himself, insulted Cupid. Cupid, to retaliate, shot the beautiful Daphne with an arrow not for love, but the opposite, indifference. Of course, he shot Apollo with an intense love arrow. So the plot thickens. Daphne is not the least bit interested in Apollo; he pursues her anyway. But due to the fact that they are both related to gods and demi-gods, Daphne requests she lose her beauty, and she turns into a laurel tree.
The statue by Bernini portrays the moment Daphne evades Apollo's pursuit and begins to transform into a laurel tree. It is hard to believe these light and airy moving figures are made of marble.

Here is some exquisite music from our friend Chopin to enhance the moment.
Chopin-Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, Mov. 2 


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