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The scenes illustrate a story from 'Metamorphoses' written by the Roman poet Ovid. The poem describes a series of magical transformations. In the left panel, the god Apollo pursues the nymph Daphne who has rejected his love and flees. As Apollo draws close, she begs for help to the gods and is changed into a laurel tree, in the right panel. These two panels probably formed the ends of a decorated chest, known as a 'cassone'.
tempera on wood
H 47.5 x W 53.1 cm