The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
Sleep. Oh how I love to sleep. A morning when I can feel free to sleep in, is a good morning indeed. Falling asleep and staying asleep have always been a challenge for me. As a kid I used to keep my parents up all night, begging for one more book to be read or story to be told. Now I simply turn to facebook or my other favorite, episodes of the Daily Show. What did people do before the internet?
Francisco Goya depicted reason in a deep slumber in the etching, ”
On first glance, I can relate. Switch those monsters and animals for giant spiders and you would have an etching of one of my sleepless nights. Goya, however, had a much more meaningful purpose for this etching.
Goya was a Spanish artist who primarily painted Rococo portraits. This etching was created later in his career and belonged to a collection of etchings called “Los Caprichos“. All the etchings followed a similar theme. Goya hoped to reawaken reason.