This allegorical sculpture depicts Night as a woman with a star on her brow and a crescent moon curving around her body. These attributes link the figure to the chaste goddess Diana, often depicted wearing a crown in the shape of a crescent moon.
Symbolic figures satisfied artists’ desire to portray themes and ideas in tangible ways. Simultaneously, allegorical and mythological subjects lifted the female figure out of the realm of reality and into the sphere of the ideal, where audiences could enjoy the sight of the nude female body without social repercussions.
[Gallery label text, 2011]
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