Monsters and Maidens

Monsters and Maidens

Exhibition Details

In the 18th century the monstrous is often incorporated in an exaggerated treatment of the human form in terms of scale and musculature, reworking Renaissance notions of the ideal. While heroes rescue women from grotesque animals or savage men, women themselves become monstrous when they step outside the constraints of femininity.

This collection show explores the powerful elements of fantasy and exaggeration of the 18th century Romantic movement.

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Location
Main Gallery
Cost
Free entry

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Production date
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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
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Credit line
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Production date
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Credit line
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1778
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Credit line
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Production date
1803
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
880 x 660 x 45 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Sir George Grey, 1887
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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
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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
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Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I, Scene III
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Allegory of Vanity
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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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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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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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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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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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Production date
1588-1590
Medium
chiaroscuro woodcut
Size (h x w)
297 x 235 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/42/2
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Salvator Rosa

Production date
circa 1663-circa 1664
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
340 x 217 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/42/3
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Revengeful monster
Revengeful monster

John Mortimer

Production date
1780
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
155 x 227 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/39/2
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Successful monster
Successful monster

John Mortimer

Production date
1778
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
280 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/39/3
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Giovanni Caraglio Rosso Fiorentino

Production date
circa 1524
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
216 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Ann Andrews and Robert Newton, 1993
Accession no
1992/36
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Alexander Runciman

Production date
1751-1785
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
75 x 128 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1885/16/1
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Alexander Runciman John Runciman

Production date
1759-1785
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
219 x 185 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1885/16/10
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Alexander Runciman

Production date
1774
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
165 x 258 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1885/16/5
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Fingal finding Corban-Cargla
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Alexander Runciman

Production date
1751-1785
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
247 x 148 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1885/16/9
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Luca Cambiaso

Production date
16th century
Medium
pen and wash
Size (h x w)
315 x 187 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/58
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Behemoth and Leviathan
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William Blake

Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
214 x 162 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/10/15
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The Fall of Satan
The Fall of Satan

William Blake

Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
197 x 162 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/10/16
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Job's evil dream of Satan worshipped as God
Job's evil dream of Satan worshipped as God

William Blake

Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
213 x 164 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/10/11
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Elihu rebukes Job and his friends
Elihu rebukes Job and his friends

William Blake

Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
534 x 432 x 22 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/10/12
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Job rebuked by his friends
Job rebuked by his friends

William Blake

Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
215 x 162 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/10/10
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Publius Horatius
Publius Horatius

Hendrik Goltzius

Production date
1586
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
370 x 236 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/42/1
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Tantalus
Tantalus

Hendrik Goltzius Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem

Production date
1588
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
310 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/16/1