Sleeping Muse

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Sleeping Muse
Sleeping Muse can be seen at the bottom right of the pedestal beside another of Brancusi's sculptures in this 1916 pic.
Sleeping Muse can be seen resting on the right side of the pedestal
Artist Constantin Brâncuși
Year 1910[1]
Type Bronze sculpture
Dimensions 15.2 cm × 24.1 cm × 17.1 cm (6 in × 9.5 in × 6.75 in)
Accession 49.70.225

The Sleeping Muse is a bronze sculpture created by Constantin Brâncuși in 1910. It was originally carved from marble using Baroness Renée Irana Franchon as the model.[1] Refining the sculpture, Brâncuși cast several of the sculptures in bronze, which are now in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris.[2] It is a model of a head, without a body, with markings to show features such as hair, nose, lips, and closed eyes. In A History of Western Art, Laurie Adams says that the sculpture has “an abstract, curvilinear quality and a smooth contour that create an impression of elegance.”[3] By casting them in metal with a fine finish, these sculptures are "self-sufficient, archetypal modern forms".[4]


  1. ^ a b "Sleeping Muse". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Constantin Brancusi Sleeping Muse". Artsy. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  3. ^ Adams, Laurie. A History of Western Art. McGraw-Hill. p. 549. ISBN 9780073379227. 
  4. ^ "Sleeping Muse, 1910". Art Institute Chicago. Retrieved 2014-05-15.