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


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.