Clytie, mid 1800s-late 1800s
H. Guirlandi (1800-date of death unknown)
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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In Greek mythology Clytie was a water nymph, who fell passionately in love with Apollo, the sun god. Every day she would gaze longingly as Apollo drove his chariot of light across the sky. Sadly, Apollo did not return Clytie’s love and instead continued to watch the progress of the sun, just as real sunflowers do. The leaves at her base of the statue and the flower in her hair allude to Clytie’s fate. She is still looking towards her lost love.


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