Tiepolo is a representative of the Rococo style and, probably, the last major artist of the Venetian school of painting. The work “Apollo, pursuing Daphne” is considered quite modest in size for the master, who covered the frescoes of the extensive ceilings of the Italian palazzo. Tiepolo created an interesting picture on the plot of the “Metamorphosis” of Ovid: from the hill rose in love with the young Daphne the golden-god sun of Apollo, but he was late, the nymph asked protection from his persecution from his father, the river god Peneus. He, having heeded the pleas of his daughter, took from her a disgusted form and forever turned the nymph into an evergreen laurel.
Daphne’s brushes are gradually becoming branches, beautiful hands will soon disappear, but while she still retains her natural image. Next to her, a large vessel with water pouring into her, sat her father. Painting Tiepolo – light, airy; the product differs radiant gentle color, built on a combination of silvery, reddish, golden-yellow, pearly-gray and blue tones. In the paintings of the Rococo style, there are no maps of tragic collisions, this elegant art should have pleased the eye. Therefore, the story of Apollo and Daphne is interpreted by the artist as a kind of amusing scene in the spirit of Bush or Fragonard, where careless heroes are engaged in games and entertainment.