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Allegory of Night
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Allegory of Night

After Charles Le Brun (1619 - 1690)

Chalk (red) on paper

Width: 42.5 cm; Height: 33.7 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, John (Sir) & The Art Fund; bequest & grant aid; 1982

About this work
A winged figure accompanied by owls, bats and other nocturnal creatures depicts night-time. Possibly Hecate, possibly Morpheus, god of sleep and dreams, the figure’s dark veil contrasts with the moonlight radiating from the crescent moon beneath Artemis’s chariot. Veils and drapery were regarded as painting’s ornaments. Here, drapery not only decorates the body, the veil also forms a cartouche-like setting for Night. Drawn from below the composition suggests a design for a ceiling; it is an accomplished and inventive copy of a scene from Le Brun’s famous ceiling for the pavilion of Aurora at Sceaux. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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