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How to Read Paintings: Apollo Pursuing Daphne by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

A vivid and lively painting that captures a doomed love story

Apollo Pursuing Daphne (c. 1755/1760) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Image source public domain.

This image is full of light and motion. A young man dashes up a hillside, pointing in the direction of a woman who appears to have tree leaves sprouting from her fingertips. It is a vivid image, not least because of the bold sense of…

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