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Description of Michelangelo's sculpture “Morning”

Description of Michelangelo's sculpture “Morning”


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This high-class work is one of the four marble sculptures of the Medici chapel, located on the tombstone of Lorenzo II of the Duke of Urbinsky. The height of the marble statue is 155 cm. It was created 5 years (from 1526 to 1531). The statue is a single composition along with a work called "Evening".

The sculpture "Morning" (other names - "Aurora", "Dawn") is an image of a naked woman who has not woken up yet. She is in a reclining state, the body rests on a bent right arm. The second arm is also bent at the elbow, froze in motion and almost touches the woman's shoulder. One leg is completely relaxed, the second is bent at the knee. The head of the woman is turned towards the viewer. Her eyes are closed and her mouth is ajar. The sculpture is striking in its beauty and harmony. Marble seems to be alive and warm, like a real human body.

The statue "Morning" is the opposite of another sculpture called "Night", which also represents a female nude. “Night” is a mature woman, she endured many children, her beauty fades, “Morning” is a young girl whose beauty is innocent and fresh.

Young Aurora painfully wakes up after a heavy sleep that bound her beautiful body. She is trying to get up from the bed, her body is bending, but it does not work to rise. The difficult posture associated with the desire to overcome inert power demonstrates anxiety and struggle. The face of a young woman is distorted by torment in anticipation of the new sufferings that await her in the afternoon.

According to many art critics, it is the combination in Aurora of gentle girlish beauty with a mortally tired soul that makes this statue a real work of art.





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