Dafne la Grande

2018
Unique artwork


Polychrome terracotta
23,5x21x61,5

Ddàphne in botany is the laurel and takes the name of the nymph who, according to the Greek myth, preferred transforming into a plant rather than giving in to unwanted love. Carlo Zoli shapes this heroic figure giving her a confident and serene gaze, she is at peace with herself, satisfied with her decision. The artist’s mastery honors Daphne, wrapping her tapered body in a soft vegetal envelope, made of sinuous branches and large leaves, finished with iridescent patinas; racemes that replace its limbs but also protect it like a cocoon, and welcomes like a mother. The nymph who loves her own inner freedom has chosen stillness of the tree and by not giving in to undergo the male will, it becomes a symbol of great feminine strength, determination, sacredness. Even the god Apollo will finally accept her eternal chastity and he will pay homage to her by creating a crown from its branches, the universal symbol for him and for all poets and musicians.

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