Eugène Delacroix (French, 1793-1863)
Lady Macbeth Sleep-Walking, 1850
oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Flemer
I’m not going to lie; this painting kind of scares me, because Lady Macbeth is sound asleep. In fact, as far as I know, no one has ever seen her awake!
As soon as all the visitors and staff go home, she starts roaming from painting to painting, shouting “Out! Out! Damn Spot!”, which can really make you jump if you haven’t seen her coming.
If you feel bad for her, you should feel worse her servant and her doctor, who are stuck following her everywhere, because they’re afraid she’ll hurt herself.