Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini was born in 1598 in Naples, Italy and he is one of the greatest artists of the Italian Baroque period. He was famous both for his sculptures and his architecture. His father Pierto was well known sculptor too. When he was about 7 years old, his father took him to Rome. There he saw the works of many famous artists. By the time he was 20, Bernini was a sculptor, carving statues out of marble. He had learnt a lot, not just how to carve marble, which he learnt from his father, but how to make figures that told stories like Carracci’s and Michelangelo’s and seemed to be alive, like Caravaggio’s. One of the most well-known sculptures of Bernini is Appolo and Daphne.
Apollo and Daphne is a life-sized Baroque marble sculpture executed between 1622 and 1625. Housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the work depicts the climax of the story of Apollo and Daphne in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.