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Le Cauchemar (The Nightmare) - (1781) Henry Fuseli

Poem of the Soul, Nightmare (1854) - Louis Janmot (1814-1892)

The Nightmare - (1781) Henry Fuseli

Being in the grips of a nightmare is a common occurrence that we can all relate to, but we may never experience one exactly as a particular artist depicts it. Here Fuseli conjures up a terrifying image filled with mystery, panic, and yet with a vague and disturbing familiarity. It suggests the way the woman feels in the grip of a demonic nightmare, not what she sees. The Nightmare was reproduced as an engraving; a copy hung in Sigmund Freuds apartment in Vienna in the 1920s.

Dream interpretation

Dream interpretation is the art of determining the meaning (or alleged meaning) of the symbolic content of a dream. Dream interpetation is a part of psychoanalysis; the seminal work on the subject is The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. Joseph in the Old Testament interpreted the dreams of a Pharaoh of Egypt.Daniel also had the gift of interpreting dreams,saying "There is a God in heaven that reveals mysteries." --wikipedia.org [Jun 2004]

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