FUSELI, John Henry
(b. 1741, Zurich, d. 1825, London)

Leonore Discovering the Dagger Left by Alonzo

Oil on canvas in painted circle, 61 x 61 cm
Private collection

This painting depicts a scene from Edward Young's 1721 play The Revenge. The compositional type is reminiscent of one of Fuseli's most famous paintings, The Nightmare (Detroit Institute of Arts) which places the female protagonist in a highly expressive and open pose as she confronts impending danger.