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Apollo and Daphne
Flaminio, Parioli, Villa Borghese
This famous sculpture represents the moment of transformation of Daphne into laurel followed by Apollo as narrated in the Metamorphoses by Ovid. The technical artistry of the sculpture is at the highest level as demonstrated by the subtle layers of the leaves and the bark of the tree. The Gallery holds other masterpieces by Bernini such as David, the Rape of Proserpina, Enea e Anchise, the Bust of Scipione Borghese, the Verità and the painted Self-portrait.