Friday, June 15, 2012

Attempt to find the oldest witch image II -Albrecht Dürer: 1497

Albrecht Dürer
The Four Witches

Albrecht Dürer
Witch riding backwards on a goat

"The relationship between witches and goats dates back to the early centuries of witch mythology, especially within the Catalonian culture. Witches would often use goats as their companions and in this case, as a means of transport. Below this dramatic scene dance a series of cherubs scattered throughout the composition. The witch is portrayed atop the ram, holding a scepter in one hand and one of the ram's horns in the other.
Created in c. 1500, this work is a Meder State I (b) impression featuring the 
monogrammed initials of Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) engraved in the plate in
 the lower right."
Information from Master Works Fine Art

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