Henry Fuseli's Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head is considered a great work of art in its own right and has been loaned to exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich (2005), Tate Britain (2006), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2015), among others.
Fuseli's image of the cauldron scene draws on his fascination with fantasy, terror, and the supernatural. Painted for the Irish Shakespeare Gallery in Dublin in 1793, it is still in its original frame.
In A Catalogue of Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library, William L. Pressly writes that "Fuseli considered [it] one of his best poetical conceptions. One critic was so impressed on seeing it exhibited in 1794 in London at the New Shakespeare Gallery that he wrote that it was 'perhaps the very best picture he has ever painted.'"