The great Symbolist draughtsman Max Klinger created this image as one of ten in a narrative series of etchings called, Paraphrase on the Discovery of a Glove, which follows the dreamy travels of a single lost glove. This second-last panel, The Seizure is remarkable in a couple of ways. Symbolists, like their artistic descendants the Surrealists were obsessed with dreams: note the unbroken window frame. The flying reptile is also undoubtedly fanciful, but perhaps its anatomy is a poor description Klinger recalled of a pterodactyl, which had correctly been identified as a flying (rather than aquatic) animal by Georges Cuivier some 82 years earlier.
Perhaps I should also add this series had a profound impact on my own science-art.
The Seizure, detail from Paraphrase on the Discovery of a Glove by Max Klinger.
1881, etching and aquatint.
Max Klinger entry on Wikipedia
Symbolist entry on Wikipedia
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