Tag: Gothic

The Nightmare in Cinema

‘The Nightmare’ by Henry Fuseli is a household name among art connoisseurs. Such is the notoriety of this Gothic masterpiece that it needs no introduction. In this painting, a lady is sleeping with an incubus crouched atop her chest. A mare (horse), supposedly vehicle of incubus, is witnessing the whole act. The painting derives its roots from folklore, referring to evil spirits who descends upon sleeping persons. What does it imply? The interpretations of its hidden symbolisms run the gamut from sexual struggle to sleep paralysis.