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Thread #58211   Message #921448
Posted By: JohnInKansas
29-Mar-03 - 07:11 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: What was behind virgins wearing laurels?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What was behind virgins wearing laurels?
As an incidental note: The statue used to illustrate the short story linked above appears to be a "modern" rendition, artist unknown. The one by Garellia (born in 1864, no date for the work at the only site I've found that lists it -, is a rather "modern" but almost exact copy of Bernini's 1622-1625 work (in prettier marble?), and both show what appears as laurel branches/leaves in Daphne's hand. The illustration looks more like she's holding a "Hawaiian lei," - or a garland woven from something. It's otherwise a copy of the Bernini, quie possibly one of those "simulated marble castings in durable resin from the original" sold by the faux-art trade.

There is much more variation in the way Daphne is depicted in paintings than in sculpture I've seen with this theme. Bernini apparently "defined" the sculptural depiction.