Unveiling of Dawn

Chester Beach American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Dawn (Eos in Greek mythology, Aurora in Roman) traditionally signifies hope, youth, and unending possibilities. This sculpture of a male figure lifting a veil of clouds to reveal a female emerging from the stone symbolizes a new day casting off the darkness of night. Beach portrayed Dawn as young and beautiful, conforming to the standard artistic interpretation of the subject. Unveiling of Dawn recalls the work of sculptors Medardo Rosso and Auguste Rodin in its rough texture, unfinished quality, and symbolism.

Unveiling of Dawn, Chester Beach (American, San Francisco, California 1881–1956 Brewster, New York), Marble

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