Henry Fuseli: Dark Chambers of the Mind

Henry Fuseli: Dark Chambers of the Mind
Henry Fuseli
Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III 1798
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
gift of Peter Tomory, 2002

Exhibition Details

The enduring influence of Henry Fuseli's imagination is the focus for this exhibition that combines a selection of the Gallery's world-famous Fuseli drawings with New Zealand artist Andrew McLeod's dark and detailed Fuseli Tribute I and II.

Horror, fear and an awe of the supernatural lay at the heart of the Sublime, but Romantic artists also drew on their own experiences and interests. Swiss-born Fuseli led the charge.

Discover here his many inspirations, from Homer and Virgil to Shakespeare, Spencer, Michelangelo and Piranesi, and witness the way he transformed the images of the mind's eye into hauntingly mesmerising artworks.

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Location
Level 1
Cost
Free entry

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Saint Michael and the Serpent
Saint Michael and the Serpent

Henry Armstead

Production date
circa 1852
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
950 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/172
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Shakespeare: Tempest, Act I, Scene II
Shakespeare: Tempest, Act I, Scene II

Jean-Pierre Simon Henry Fuseli

Production date
1797
Medium
mezzotint and dust-ground aquatint on wove paper
Size (h x w)
507 x 660 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/1
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Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III
Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III

James Caldwall Henry Fuseli

Production date
1798
Medium
mezzotint on wove paper
Size (h x w)
510 x 663 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/2
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Shakespeare: Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Act II, Scene IV
Shakespeare: Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Act II, Scene IV

William Satchwell Leney Henry Fuseli

Production date
1795
Medium
mezzotint on wove paper
Size (h x w)
710 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/3
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Shakespeare: Midsummer-Night's Dream, Act IV, Scene I: A wood - Titania, Queen of the fairies, Bottom, fairies attending
Shakespeare: Midsummer-Night's Dream, Act IV, Scene I: A wood - Titania, Queen o...

Jean-Pierre Simon Henry Fuseli

Production date
1796
Medium
mezzotint and spirit-ground aquatint on wove paper
Size (h x w)
507 x 662 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/5
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Adam resolved to share the fate of Eve
Adam resolved to share the fate of Eve

Moses Haughton Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1803-1810
Medium
mezzotint and spirit-ground aquatint on wove paper
Size (h x w)
568 x 408 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/6
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A Woman with a fan, standing, seen from the back
A Woman with a fan, standing, seen from the back

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1791
Medium
pencil with blue, brown, black and pink wash
Size (h x w)
233 x 188 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/44
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A Woman on a balcony with high dressed hair and hat
A Woman on a balcony with high dressed hair and hat

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1790-circa 1792
Medium
pen with black, blue, pink and yellow wash
Size (h x w)
234 x 187 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/45
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Mrs Fuseli sleeping
Mrs Fuseli sleeping

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1795
Medium
pen and brown ink, with grey, blue and pink wash
Size (h x w)
227 x 186 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/46
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Two Courtesans with fantastic hairstyles and hats
Two Courtesans with fantastic hairstyles and hats

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1790-circa 1792
Medium
pen with brown, pink and grey wash
Size (h x w)
179 x 162 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/47
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Bust Portrait of Mrs Fuseli
Bust Portrait of Mrs Fuseli

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1795
Medium
pen with black and blue wash, heightened with white (brush and wash worked up with gouache)
Size (h x w)
174 x 144 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/48
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Mrs Fuseli seated at a table
Mrs Fuseli seated at a table

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1790-circa 1791
Medium
pen with grey, brown and pink wash
Size (h x w)
227 x 157 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/49
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Ixion and Nephele
Ixion and Nephele

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1809
Medium
pencil with brown, grey and pink wash
Size (h x w)
267 x 203 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/50
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Three women at a curtained window
Three women at a curtained window

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1779
Medium
pencil and brown wash
Size (h x w)
165 x 167 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/51
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Aphrodite carrying off Paris after his battle with Menelaus
Aphrodite carrying off Paris after his battle with Menelaus

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1768-circa 1769
Medium
pen with grey and pink wash
Size (h x w)
218 x 178 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/52
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Virgil, Dante and Geryon
Virgil, Dante and Geryon

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1811
Medium
pen and ink
Size (h x w)
198 x 293 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/53
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Siegfried having slain Fafner the snake
Siegfried having slain Fafner the snake

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1806
Medium
pen, pencil and grey wash
Size (h x w)
348 x 237 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/54
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A Woman standing, seen from the back, drawing a curtain aside
A Woman standing, seen from the back, drawing a curtain aside

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1795-circa 1800
Medium
pencil, pen with grey, brown and pink wash
Size (h x w)
307 x 173 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/55
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A Woman Standing, Attending to a Man, with a Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back
A Woman Standing, Attending to a Man, with a Standing Male Nude Seen from the Ba...

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1790-circa 1792
Medium
pen and brown ink with watercolour
Size (h x w)
225 x 163 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/56
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A Scene from Timon of Athens
A Scene from Timon of Athens

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1783
Medium
pen and brown ink with brown, yellow and pink wash on oiled paper
Size (h x w)
205 x 299 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/57
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Parental care
Parental care

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1795-circa 1800
Medium
pen and ink with grey and blue wash
Size (h x w)
192 x 288 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/58
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Ixion slaying Phorbas and Polymelus in revenge of his mother, Megara, who, having refused them as suitors, was killed by them
Ixion slaying Phorbas and Polymelus in revenge of his mother, Megara, who, havin...

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1810
Medium
pen and black ink, with grey, pink and green wash
Size (h x w)
254 x 196 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/59
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Chriemhild throwing herself on the body of Siegfried, assassinated by Hagen
Chriemhild throwing herself on the body of Siegfried, assassinated by Hagen

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1805
Medium
pen and ink with brown wash
Size (h x w)
186 x 319 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/60
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Allegory of Vanity
Allegory of Vanity

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1811
Medium
pen, pencil and watercolour
Size (h x w)
200 x 271 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/61
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Portrait of Lavinia de Irujo
Portrait of Lavinia de Irujo

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1813
Medium
pencil and grey wash
Size (h x w)
260 x 170 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/62
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Eros and Psyche
Eros and Psyche

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1808
Medium
pen, pencil and watercolour
Size (h x w)
233 x 358 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/63
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Death and Sin bridging the 'Waste' of chaos and met by Satan on his return from Earth
Death and Sin bridging the 'Waste' of chaos and met by Satan on his return from...

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1819-circa 1821
Medium
pencil, pen and watercolour
Size (h x w)
393 x 315 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/64
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Subject from Milton's L'Allegro
Subject from Milton's L'Allegro

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1780-circa 1785
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
330 x 411 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/65
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Caius Marius and the Cimbrian Soldier
Caius Marius and the Cimbrian Soldier

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1764-circa 1765
Medium
pen and ink with grey wash
Size (h x w)
306 x 486 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/66
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Undine and Huldbrand
Undine and Huldbrand

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1819-circa 1822
Medium
pencil and watercolour
Size (h x w)
481 x 319 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/67
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Prometheus and Io
Prometheus and Io

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1800-circa 1810
Medium
pen and ink with grey wash
Size (h x w)
690 x 490 x 30 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/68
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Siegfried and Chriemhild
Siegfried and Chriemhild

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1807
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
480 x 360 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/69
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Circe absolving Medea and Jason of the killing of Medea's brother Absyrtos
Circe absolving Medea and Jason of the killing of Medea's brother Absyrtos

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1808
Medium
pencil with brown and grey wash
Size (h x w)
425 x 271 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/70
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Achilles crying out at the trench, confusing the Trojan Army
Achilles crying out at the trench, confusing the Trojan Army

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1815
Medium
pencil with mauve and grey wash
Size (h x w)
400 x 277 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/71
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A Capriccio of the Horse Tamers
A Capriccio of the Horse Tamers

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1810-circa 1815
Medium
pencil with blue and grey wash
Size (h x w)
466 x 310 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/72
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The Great Father and Ancient Night
The Great Father and Ancient Night

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1800-circa 1810
Medium
pencil, grey wash and blue wash
Size (h x w)
665 x 493 x 28 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/73
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Polyphemus hurling the rock at Odysseus
Polyphemus hurling the rock at Odysseus

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1819
Medium
pencil, grey wash, blue wash and brown wash
Size (h x w)
460 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/74
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Amavia finds her knight, Sir Mordant, bewitched in Acrasia's Bower of Bliss
Amavia finds her knight, Sir Mordant, bewitched in Acrasia's Bower of Bliss

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1810
Medium
pencil pen with grey wash
Size (h x w)
310 x 398 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/75
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Selene and Endymion
Selene and Endymion

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1810
Medium
pen, pencil and watercolour
Size (h x w)
373 x 302 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/76
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Satan leaving the gate of Hell, guarded by Sin and Death
Satan leaving the gate of Hell, guarded by Sin and Death

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1821
Medium
pencil with grey wash, brown wash and yellow wash
Size (h x w)
398 x 301 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/77
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Hamlet, Horatio and the Gravedigger
Hamlet, Horatio and the Gravedigger

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1804
Medium
pen with grey, blue and pink wash
Size (h x w)
372 x 295 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/78
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David and Goliath
David and Goliath

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1790-1795
Medium
pen and grey wash
Size (h x w)
343 x 311 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/79
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Hephaestus, Bia and Kratos securing Prometheus on Mount Caucasus
Hephaestus, Bia and Kratos securing Prometheus on Mount Caucasus

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1800-circa 1810
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
359 x 302 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/80
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Study for the three witches in Macbeth
Study for the three witches in Macbeth

Henry Fuseli

Production date
circa 1783
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
420 x 537 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1980
Accession no
1980/8
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The Serpent tempting Eve (Satan's first address to Eve)
The Serpent tempting Eve (Satan's first address to Eve)

Henry Fuseli

Production date
1802
Medium
oil on panel
Size (h x w)
302 x 238 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Sir George Grey, 1887
Accession no
1887/1/13
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Jason stealing the Golden Fleece
Jason stealing the Golden Fleece

Moses Haughton Henry Fuseli

Production date
1806
Medium
stipple engraving
Size (h x w)
233 x 168 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/64
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Lycidas
Lycidas

Moses Haughton Henry Fuseli

Production date
1803
Medium
aquatint
Size (h x w)
286 x 239 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/35
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Fuseli Tribute I
Fuseli Tribute I

Andrew McLeod

Production date
2009
Medium
digital inkjet print
Size (h x w)
1320 x 980 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/11/1
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Fuseli Tribute II
Fuseli Tribute II

Andrew McLeod

Production date
2009
Medium
digital inkjet print
Size (h x w)
1320 x 980 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/11/2
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Weird Sisters
Weird Sisters

John R Smith Henry Fuseli

Production date
1783
Medium
colour mezzotint
Size (h x w)
439 x 406 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2011
Accession no
2011/3