Surf’s Up!

Surf’s Up!
Originally uploaded by fc3arch

This set was inspired by surfing and magically turned into a set about Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne Carrara’s marble statue. Bernini created an unpreviousd masterpiece for Cardinal Scipione Borghese depicting the chaste nymph Daphne being turned into a laurel tree, pursued in vain by Apollo god of light. The presence of this pagan myth in the Cardinal’s villa was justified by a moral couplet composed in Latin by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini (later Pope Urban VIII) and engraved on the cartouche on the base, which says: Those who love to pursue fleeting forms of pleasure, in the end find only leaves and bitter berries in their hands. (Click here to see transformation into Goddess.)

Created: 23 Apr 09
Copyright © 2009 Frank Cunha III

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