NARRATOR: This painting is by Henry Fuseli and depicts Titania and Bottom from William Shakespeare’s play ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Titiania is the naked figure at the centre and Bottom is her donkey-headed companion. Curator Clare Barlow. CLARE BARLOW: A love spell has been cast on Titania by her jealous husband. Her husband makes her fall in love with one of the group of rough workmen who are putting on a play in the wood. And to make it even worse he swaps over the head of one of these workmen with a head of a donkey. But what I think is really exciting about this image and certainly what people at the time found so exciting was that Fuseli not only starts with a sort of basic script of a play, but then moves away from it and develops it into this incredibly imaginative phantasmagoria of fairies, witches and a whole another world. NARRATOR: Notice the witch at the bottom right cradling a demonic looking baby and the group of fairies and children on the left, it’s a very female dominated scene. CLARE BARLOW: Look, for example, at the woman on the right who is looking knowingly out at us and she has a little old man on a lead. Now, this has been interpreted as the triumph of youth and age and of the senses over reason but it's also obviously the triumph of women over men. And all of these ideas kind of crystallise in the central figures where Bottom is holding a little miniaturised man who is surrounded by this kind of outpouring of female exuberance.