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Image of Rising Day

Adolph Alexander Weinman
American, 1870–1952

Rising Day

about 1916

Object Type: Sculpture
26 1/2 in. x 25 1/8 in. x 9 1/16 in. (67.31 cm x 63.82 cm x 23.02 cm)
Medium and Support: Bronze
Accession Number: 1995.0007.0001

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

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"Rising Sun" (a.k.a. Rising Day) and its pendant, "Descending Night" (1995.7.2), are bronze reductions of finial figures made for the tops of colossal columns in the Court of the Universe designed by McKim, Mead and White for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. The originals were made of non-permanent materials, but the designs were so popular that Weinman requested permission of the exhibition organizers to make reproductions at his own expense. He made these reproductions in bronze, and in editions of two sizes.

In this composition Weinman created the quintessential sculptural form of vigorous human endeavor during the American Renaissance, a classical revival era characterized by idealized nude figures representing noble ideas of human progress. The youth’s vitality, handsome physique, and powerful wings are matched only by the complementary features of Weinman’s pendant figure, "Descending Night."

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