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  • First, I like how the background of the painting is predominately black
  • I think sex is one of the most primal needs of the human race whether it is engaged in for recreation or procreation purposes, and it is disturbing how women were so easily persecuted for having the same needs as a man
  • I thought the irony of punishment for the woman's sexuality was something to ponder about profoundly, and it also made me think about the non-existence of women's rights in the 19th century and how grateful I am to have them now

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      “Sin Pursued by Death” painted by Henry Fuseli is as thought-provoking as his other famous painting: “The Nightmare”. It has much of the same theme of sexuality and religious undertones.

      First, I like how the background of the painting is predominately black. The blackness of the painting gives off a feeling as if the woman in the painting is genuinely locked up in a dungeon. Based on the theme of the painting, it makes you think that the woman is actually in purgatory, and the darkness is a daily reminder of the woman’s alleged crime(s). I like how there are two faint lines of white in the far left which could symbolize the door to her prison. I also like how the ivory of her skin resonates within the darkness which may be her only light, and again, a constant reminder of her


      alleged crime(s).

      Second, I like the extreme sexuality of the woman in the painting; however, the way the woman is painted contradicts one’s idea of what extreme sexuality or regular sexuality is for that matter. Here is a woman with a beautiful, natural body, and she is painted in the purest form of beauty; however, there is a cloud of torment hovering over this woman which is the complete opposite of what sex was designed for. She seems unhappy and is suffering, and it reads all over her face as well as in her body language. Instead of her sexuality being celebrated, it appears as if she is being punished for expressing herself in a basic human desire. In fact, the more I study the painting, it appears as if the woman is deceased.

      Third, I like the theme of how religion was–still is ...


      • with some people–an integral part of sexuality and how women in the 19th century were drastically affected by it. In the painting, a woman is completely naked and there is a red band around her arm with a gold chain binding her to some sort of table. It makes you realize how restrained women were in both society and with their sexuality. I think sex is one of the most primal needs of the human race whether it is engaged in for recreation or procreation purposes, and it is disturbing how women were so easily persecuted for having the same needs as a man. The painting also makes it clear just how the word equality had an empty meaning for those looking down on women; it is also a clear sign of how significant women’s rights are.

        Overall, “Sin pursued by death” by

        Henry Fuseli is just as thought-provoking as “The Nightmare”, and it also demonstrates the brutality women endured for the sexualities. I like the darkness of the painting and how it enabled the viewer to solely focus on the woman. I also liked how the darkness was a representation for purgatory for the woman’s alleged crime(s). I thought the irony of punishment for the woman’s sexuality was something to ponder about profoundly, and it also made me think about the non-existence of women’s rights in the 19th century and how grateful I am to have them now. The painting gives one a lot to ponder about in terms of both human nature and religion, and how the two clash with each other. It is surely not a discussion to have with the children at the dinner table; however, it is one to be had nonetheless.




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