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Descending Night

Artist:
Adolph Alexander Weinman (American (born Germany), Karlsruhe 1870–1952 New York)
Date:
ca. 1914, cast by 1917
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
26 x 22 1/4 x 11 in. (66 x 56.5 x 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.501
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
The impending arrival of night is personified by a nude in a sinuous pose, holding her hair away from her face to reveal a downcast countenance. A crescent moon and stars surround her feet. “Descending Night” is the pendant to “Rising Day,” a winged male figure in an upward-soaring pose. Monumental versions of the works adorned outdoor fountains at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco in 1915. Located casts vary significantly in surface color.
Signature: [top of base, back]: /A. A. WEINMAN. FECIT

Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N–Y–: [cast number, underside of base]: No. 15.
John W. Mecom Jr., Houston, Texas; [James Graham & Sons, New York, 1994]
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