Shakespeare on the canvas. Titania and Bottom (c. 1790) was

Shakespeare on the canvas. Titania and Bottom (c. 1790) was

7/11/2021, 5:30:45 PM
Shakespeare on the canvas. Titania and Bottom (c. 1790) was painted by the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli (1741-1825). It is the second of three artworks by Fuseli that I post today. And whereas the earlier post was inspired by Norse mythology, this one is inspired by Shakespeare, specifically, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He loved to paint this kind of supernatural scenes and made a bunch of paintings based on the different plays of Shakespeare. The painting here is based on the first scene of the fourth act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Queen of the Fairies, Titania, has received a love potion from her husband Oberon as a punishment for her pride. And this love potion made her fall in love with Nick Bottom, whose head has turned into the head of a donkey as a result of a spell. You can see them in the center of this work. They are surrounded by an exotic mix of characters, some normal-sized, others very small. They try all sorts of methods to reverse the spell. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #HenryFuseli #Fuseli #SwissArt #SwissArtist #SwissPainter #Titania #Bottom #Shakespeare

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