ART BOMB: Just in time for H-ween

Milton Dictating to his Daughter, Henry Fuseli, Chicago Art Institute

"Fuseli defined Gothic Romanticism of the late 18th century, often illustrating macabre scenes from Dante and Shakespeare. Here the poet’s eyes roll back into his skull and his face is glazed over as if in a deadly trance. His gaunt face is in such contrast to the peachy skin of his daughter. The haunting aura of this work is supplemented by the red ribbon around the girl’s neck, which refers to the many who fell victim to the guillotine during this era. "

Terah from Art Institute Chicago's Museum Education via ARTicle