27 March 2011

Witches in Art...

Witches are one of the most often depicted subjects in art. They have been popularized, hated, romanticized, depicted as horrible and repulsive, or as beautiful beings.

This is a small sample of different styles:

The Departure of the Witches - Luis Ricardo Falero



Medea - Frederick Sandys




WITCHES' CHANT

Round about the cauldron go:
In the poisons entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Sweated venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first in the charmed pot.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble...


La Casa de la Bruja - Arantzazu Martinez




Die Hexe von Endor - Kunz Meyer-Waldeck

...Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blindworm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing.
For charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
 
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble...



The Witches - Lopez Rocha




Priestess of Delphi - John Collier

...Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd in the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat; andslips of yew
silver'd in the moon's eclipse...


Witches - Corinth Lovis



Magic Circle - John William Waterhouse

Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by the drab,-
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For ingredients of our cauldron.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

--Macbeth - William Shakespeare

Muse of the Night - Luis Ricardo Falero



The Lady of Shallot - John William Waterhouse



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