Monsters are a theme for the Morgan in 2018. Leaving the Middle Ages, the museum marks the bicentennial of Frankenstein's publication with an exploration of how Mary Shelley created a compassionate yet violent monster. The exhibit includes portions of the original manuscript together with art and artifacts that showcase Frankenstein's growing popularity including Henry Fuseli’s Nightmare and a poster advertising the Boris Karloff movie in 1931.
"The Nightmare" (1781), by Henry Fuseli. Courtesy, The Morgan Library Museum.