WITCHES IN ART

From Renaissance to Pop-Art

Towards the end of the 15th century the artistic world began to become interested in Witch-craft.
While inquisitors and intellectual laity were describing the most diverse aspects of this social phenomena, artists endeavoured to translate them in images, conforming to the predominant ideas of every epoch.
So,between the 18th and 19th century, metaphorical and romantic images, captions, succeeded the macabre eroticism of the Renaissance.
Last century, following the advent of dictatorial regimes, saw some artist-painters using witch-craft to symbolise the evil forces taking over society, spreading terror and death.
In the seventies, the witch has become a symbol or emblem of liberty, not only sexual but also of the hidden persuaders that act through channels of information and by means of an apparently incontrollable technological power.

Duration of Conference: 
1hr approx., with projection of 40 slides.

On the subject see my articles:
Magic and Witch-craft, CHARTA n35 (Jul-Aug. 98)
Witches in Art, TERZO OCCHIO n94 (Mar-Apr. 00)

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