Night and Day   by A. Santini from ISAC Statue, Italy
Michelangelo Allegories from the Medici Chapel
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Night and Day Michelangelo Allegories from the Medici Chapel
Night is a sculpture pair with Day in marble by the Italian Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti, dating from 1526–1531, included in the decoration of the Tomb of the Medici within New Sacristy in San Lorenzo, Florence. Due to a series of events that impeded the progress of the chapel's construction and Michelangelo's work, the figures were never completed as a whole. The figure that is most finished of the set is Night. Most information known about these works are drawn primarily from scholarly sources' commentaries on Night.

 Title

Night (on the left)

Day (on the right)
 Artist

Michelangelo

 Michelangelo
 Material

 White Bonded Marble on
Black Marble Base

 White Bonded Marble on
Black Marble Base
 Finish

Carrara Marble

Carrara Marble
 Size

 6"W x 2"D x6"H

  6"W x 2"D x6"H
 Maker

 Santini

 Santini
Product ID

 100827

 100828
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 $72.00

 $72.00
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 -13.00

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 $59.00

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Night and Day are parts of an allegory of the four parts of day which adorn the tombs intended for brothers Giuliano and Lorenzo de'Medici. 'Night' is situated on the left of the sarcophagus of the tomb of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Nemours. Night bears a tiara or diadem adorned with a star and crescent moon and is surrounded by other symbols of night; an owl and a “grotesque mask” the meaning of which is considered to symbolize dreams, and her feet rest upon a bed of poppy heads.The posture of Night, although clearly indicative of sleep, seems strangely unrelaxed... Her beauteous figure has been recorded as inspiring desire in the Florentine male population and the statue has even received poetry;

Day is situated on the right side of the sarcophagus of the tomb of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Nemours. It has been said of Day, however, that "...there can be few recumbent statues as tensely alert as the ‘Day’.