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- DescriptionOccult topics have long fascinated artists, and the subject of witches-their imagined bodies and fantastic rituals-was a popular one for painters and printmakers in early modern Europe. Focusing on several artists in depth, Linda C. Hults probes the historical and theoretical contexts of their work to examine the ways witches were depicted and the motivations for those depictions. While studying the work of such artists as Durer, Baldung, Jacques de Gheyn II, and Goya, Hults discerns patterns suggesting that the imagery of witchcraft served both as an expression of artistic license and as a tool of self-promotion for the artists. These imagined images of witches were designed to catch the attention of powerful and important patrons as witchcraft was being debated in political and intellectual centers. Durer's early engravings of witnesses made in the wake of the Malleus maleficarum of 1487 were crucial in linking the seductive or aged female form with the dangers of witchcraft. The polarized idea of gender pervaded many aspects of early modern culture, including art theory. As the deluded female witch embodied the abuse of imagination and fantasy, so the male artist presented himself as putting those faculties to productive and reasoned use.
- Author BiographyLinda C. Hults is Professor of Art History at The College of Wooster. She is the author of The Print in the Western World: An Introductory History.
- Author(s)Linda C. Hults
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication29/03/2011
- SubjectThe Arts: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note90 illus.
- Weight558 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
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