Dawn (Michelangelo)

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Dawn is a sculpture by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, executed for the Medici Chapel in the area of the tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici in Florence, Italy. It is 6 feet and 8 inches in length.

It is part of a second pair (the second being Dusk), which followed Day and Night in his work on the Chapel.

Along with his Night, Michelangelo drew from the ancient Sleeping Ariadne for his sculpture's pose.[1] This was in turn influential on Benvenuto Cellini's Diana of Fontainebleau.[2]


  1. ^ Regoli, Gigetta Dalli; Gioseffi, Decio; Mellini, Gian Lorenzo; Salvini, Roberto (1968). Vatican Museums: Rome. Italy: Newsweek. p. 27.
  2. ^ De la Croix, Horst; Tansey, Richard G.; Kirkpatrick, Diane (1991). Gardner's Art Through the Ages (9th ed.). Thomson/Wadsworth. p. 672. ISBN 0-15-503769-2.