Night & Day Plaque (Night)

Night & Day Plaque (Night)

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The reliefs 'Night and Day' are Thorvaldsen’s most popular. As opposites they represent the two halves of a day.

Night personified floats passively over the sky. Her eyes are closed as are the eyes of the children in her embrace.

Her hair is braided with poppies, for their sleep-inducing capacities, known since Antiquity.

Day personified flies actively across the sky with her head held high. She looks over her shoulder and fixes her gaze on the small torch-bearing boy here proudly symbolizing the light and the sun.

Height: 150mm
Width: 150mm
Depth: 15mm