Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom. (1848 - 1851): This oil painting depicts a scene from the third act of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Artist Edwin Landseer illustrates the scene where Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, fell under the spell of a love potion and becomes smitten by Nick Bottom’s donkey head. Although Landseer isn’t painting something out of his own imagination, he is painting someone else’s creative imagination (in this case, William Shakespeare’s). Nick Landseer used earthly colors (shades of browns, tans, and warm grays and greens) to represent the fairies and the natural forest environment surrounding them. The colors are not bold or vibrant, but soft and glowing, making the scene seem a bit mysterious and magical. The lighting of the scene is centered on Titania and Nick, which helps to bring the two main characters into focus, while other secondary characters and animals fade into the darkness and background.