sábado, 3 de febrero de 2007

La pesadilla, de Fussli

La pesadilla, de Fussli

This is by far the most well known piece by Fűssli. It was painted on canvas using oil paints in 1781. Fűssli was commissioned to create this piece to illustrate a poem by G.G. Foster, also called The Nightmare. The painting shows a sleeping girl whose head and arms are hanging over the edge of the bed. On the girl’s stomach sits an incubus. An incubus is a grotesque- looking male demon, believed to have sexual intercourse with women while they sleep. The word ‘incubus’ comes from the Latin ‘incubo’ meaning ‘nightmare’. In the background is an animal on which the incubus travels, known as the ‘Nightmare’. The animal, although we never see all of it, appears to be a horse. It would seem a good play on words that the incubus, a creature which visits women in their sleep, (therefore, presumably at night), would travel on a mare at night time.

Fuente: http://www.german.leeds.ac.uk/RWI/2002-03project2/Nightmare.htm