Description of the sculpture by Michelangelo “Morning”

Description of the sculpture by Michelangelo Morning

This high-class work is one of the four marble sculptures of the Medici Chapel, placed on the tomb of Lorenzo II of the Duke of Urbina. The height of the marble statue is 155 cm. It was created for 5 years (from 1526 to 1531). The statue is a single composition with the work called “Evening”. Sculpture “Morning” (other names – “Aurora”, “Dawn”) is an image of a naked woman who has not yet woken up. She is in a reclining state, the body rests on a bent right arm. The second arm is also bent at the elbow, stopped in motion and almost touches the shoulder of the woman. 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 slightly open. The sculpture is striking in its beauty and harmony. It seems that marble is 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 awakens after a heavy sleep, which bound her beautiful body. She tries to get out of the bed, her body is bent, but she does not get up. The difficult posture associated with the desire to overcome inertial force demonstrates anxiety and struggle. The face of a young woman is distorted by torment in anticipation of new sufferings that await her in the afternoon.

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