Originally inspired by the Gothic Nightmares exhibition at Tate Britain, the Triptych is a conversation between Shakespeare and some of the great works from the Renaissance to the modern era, centring on the theme of human embodiment. The triptych is Shakespeare’s largest body of visual work to date and consists of ‘The Nightmare (After Fuseli)’, ‘Figure with Meat (After Bacon)’ and ‘Dead Christ (After Mantegna).

Shakespeare’s reimagining of Fuseli’s ‘The Nightmare’ alludes to the complex moral dilemmas that modern technology throws up for women in pregnancy. Shakespeare says: “We live in an era where pregnancies can be screened for more and more conditions, and this causes immense anxiety and moral quandaries for many women… Whether to have a test, or not, whether to terminate the pregnancy, or not.”

The Nightmare - Tom Shakespeare

The Nightmare (After Fuseli)

Artist: Tom Shakespeare

Year: 2008

Medium: Giclée prints

Dimensions: 126cm (w) x 90cm (h) 



Work is available to loan on request. If you have any queries about the Shape Collection please contact exhibitions@shapearts.org.uk