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Waterhouse, John William - Ophelia

Identifier

004973

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Waterhouse’s painting of Ophelia shows her with eyes wide and staring - the tragic heroine, flowers in hair, more clutched by her left hand, dashing through the wood.  Here the eyes denote 'a form of madness caused by distress' or spiritual experience - bulging eyes.

The sleeves in the dresses of those days were like two horns deliberately, often with a coloured interior to draw attention to the 'entry' point, which is why I have added the symbol of the twin horns

A description of the experience

J W Waterhouse ‘Ophelia’ 1910 [detail]

 

 

The source of the experience

Waterhouse, John William

Concepts, symbols and science items

Science Items

Staring and bulging eyes

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Unrequited love

Suppressions

Love with visualisation

Commonsteps

References