Apollo and Daphne after Bernini (Ian Hamilton Finlay)

Artist(s): Ian Hamilton Finlay
Medium: Screenprint
Number of Editions: 300 ?
Framed: no
Print Size: 49.7cm × 36cm

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Text beneath the image indicates Finlay’s idea of Apollo with Daphne being engulfed by a green camouflage smock: ‘APOLLO AND DAPHNE/ after Bernini/BIBLIOGRAPHY – Ovid, “Metamorphoses”; Rudolf Wittkower, “The Sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini”; Historical Research Unit, Vol. 6, “Uniforms of the SS”’. In conversation with the compiler the artist mentioned that in the story of Apollo and Daphne the gods and nature ‘were behaving not unlike the Waffen SS’ (who were the first to use a smock with a leaf camouflage pattern, hence its identification with them). “Tate Gallery” Catalogue Entry

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