This bronze is based on the famous Dawn marble by Michelangelo in the Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo, Florence and forms a pair with Night. Michelangelo made this and three other sculptures for the tomb of Lorenzo, Duke of Orbino. Many small bronze versions of these sculptures from all periods exist. These are however good copies, and although previously catalogued as by an unknown sculptor, were convincingly reattirbuted by Sotheby’s in 1992 to the workshop of Susini. They are both copies after two of the four marble statues representing the Times of the Day that Michelangelo carved for the Medici chapel in the church of San Lorenzo in Florence. He carved the marbles between 1524 and 1534. Both Dawn and Night are represented by reclining female figures. The marble originals were paired with reclining male figures, representing Dusk and Day respectively. The underlying concept of the whole group was that time dominates human life, and the figures symbolize the relationship between man and time. Lying female figure, lifting up head while the body rests on a dais supported by the right elbow, the left leg is raised at the knee, the other hand plays with the cloth covering her hair. The nude female Dawn has a melancholy spirit, showing her desire to rouse from sleep. At the same time her original place on a tomb gives her the expression of grief, having to rise while the one below has closed his eyes forever. She is rising from a couch covered in a cloak that falls from a curious turban decorated with scrolls on her head. The slight movement of her body accentuates her unhealthy languor as she wakes unrefreshed.