The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy

 
‘The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy’, carved marble sculpture by Raffaelle Monti (1861), reflected in a mirror at the V&A. 

This was one of the three most admired sculptures in the 1862 International Exhibition held in London, which included the largest contemporary sculpture display of the century. Monti was an Italian sculptor who established his reputation in Britain. This work is an allegory of the resurgence of Italy as a nation in the mid-19th century.

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