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Daphne, Pursued by Apollo, Changed into a Laurel Tree, ca. 1551 - 1558

  • etching, paper
  • 222 x 303 mm
  • Inv. 2014-N

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Daphne runs ahead of Apollo in a river landscape with two cities connected by a bridge over a wide river. The nymph is fleeing from the infatuated god, turning into a laurel tree. The print is part of a series of 13 landscapes with Biblical and mythological scenes.


Hieronymus Cock RKD
Antwerp 1518 - Antwerp 1570

Matthijs Cock RKD
Antwerp ca. 1509 - 1510 - Antwerp ca. 1540 - 1548

Hieronymus Cock RKD
Antwerp 1518 - Antwerp 1570

Title Daphne, Pursued by Apollo, Changed into a Laurel Tree
Date ca. 1551 - 1558
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Cock. Fe
inscription in the representation, bottom left: Daphne in arborem/ transformatur
inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Cock
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2014-N
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2014-N
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/11730/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G3(LAUREL) trees: laurel Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
33B9 flight, running away; pursuing Iconclass
42D232 elopement, running away Iconclass
44G316 escape, escape attempts Iconclass
46C112 bridge Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
83(OVID, Metamorphoses) (scenes from) specific works of literature (OVID, Metamorphoses) Iconclass
9 Classical Mythology and Ancient History Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
92B3 (story of) Apollo (Phoebus) Iconclass
92L3 nymphs (in general); 'Ninfe in commune' (Ripa) Iconclass
92L312 Naiads, river- and spring-nymphs; usually carrying an urn; 'Naiadi, ninfe de' fiumi' (Ripa) Iconclass
92L32(DAPHNE) single named nymphs (DAPHNE) Iconclass
97AA1 Daphne changed into a laurel-tree: while fleeing from Apollo, Daphne is changed into a laurel-tree by her father Peneus (Ovid, Metamorphoses I 548) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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