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Clytia's tale is just one of many narratives in Greek mythology that explore the complexities of human emotions and the consequences of unchecked desires.
In some versions of the myth, Clytia was a companion of Apollo's sister, Leucothea. When Leucothea caught the attention of Apollo and they began a romantic relationship, Clytia's jealousy and unrequited love grew stronger. Fueled by her desire to win Apollo's affection, Clytia tried to reveal Leucothea and Apollo's secret relationship to their father, Orchamus, the King of Persia. However, Apollo discovered Clytia's intentions and took action to prevent her from causing harm.
Apollo chose to punish Clytia by turning her into a heliotrope flower, which is commonly known as the sunflower. This transformation made it so that Clytia's face would forever follow the movement of the sun across the sky, symbolizing her everlasting devotion and longing for Apollo.

Does he love me?

  • Details:

    Original & Unique Work, Ioana Baltan

    Oil on canvas. 2023

    24 4/5 × 23 3/5 in | 63 × 60 cm

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