It’s Halloween tonight in England and if you look up into the darkened sky you will see that it is crowded with witches. That’s not the sound of the traffic you can hear – that’s the witches cackling as they go about their business (whatever that is,,,)
Witches have been depicted in many paintings. The old impression of a witch is of an old dear with a warty nose riding a broomstick. But that has not always been the case, and today the Wicked Witch of the West persona has been replaced by a more sexy glamorous image.
So, for a bit of fun and because it’s Halloween here are some random witches. Which witch do you like best and why?
I have to admit – I like them all. But there’s something distinctly creepy about the Goya painting. Not only is it very well painted of course, but it seems to have a supernatural aura about it, as if Goya had actually witnessed these witches trying to fly:-0. I get the impression that they tried several times before they actually took to the air. I liken the impression to looking at a group of accrobats practising their performance:-D Very unsettling indeed from the very dark Goya in his ‘Black’ paintings period’
Witches in the air Goya (1746 – 1828) painting 1797/98 here Witch riding backwards on a goat Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1578) engraving 1500 here The Witches Sabbath Arthur Rackham (1967 – 1939) here Jacques de Gheyn II image here David Teniers the Younger here Night hag visiting the Lapland witches here Fuseli here