Allegory of Night
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm


A winged female figure wrapped in voluminous drapery pulls the veil of night over day, here represented by Apollo, who in Greek mythology drew the sun across the sky with his chariot and fiery winged horses. The woman is surrounded by creatures of the night, including an owl and bats. The strong chalk lines and dark tones of the veil draw the eye away from the more lightly drawn Apollo. The unusual perspective of the figure seen from behind, who almost appears to be tumbling, may indicate a study for a ceiling.

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The Courtauld Gallery, London

© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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