The personification of the night as a draped woman holding a sleeping baby was prominent in Neoclassical iconography. Perhaps most famously, Thorvaldsen's relief of Night shows a winged figure of the Night holding two sleeping putti. The present marble is a tender and detailed group of the same theme, by one of France's most prolific 19th-century sculptors, showcasing Carrier-Belleuse's eye for detail and technical prowess.
J. Hargrove, The Life and Work of Albert Carrier-Belleuse, New York, 1977, p. 232
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