Parution : Guy Tal, « Art and Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy », Amsterdam University Press, 2023

The figure of the witch is familiar from the work of early modern German, Dutch, and Flemish artists, but much less so in the work of their Italian counterparts. Art and Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy seeks to explore the ways in which representations of witchcraft emerged from and coincided with the main cultural currents and artistic climate of an epoch chiefly celebrated for its humanistic and rational approaches. Through an in-depth examination of a panoply of arresting paintings, engravings, and drawings—variously portraying a hag-ridden colossal phallus, a horror-stricken necromancer dodging the devil’s scrabbling claws, and a nocturnal procession presided over by an infanticidal crone—Guy Tal offers new ways of reading witchcraft images through and beyond conventional iconography. Artists such as Parmigianino, Alessandro Allori, Leonello Spada, and Angelo Caroselli effected visual commentaries on demonological notions that engaged their audience in a tantalizing experience of interpretation.

Table of Contents :

Chapter 1 :  Old Women under Investigation: The Drab Housewife and the Grotesque Hag
Chapter 2 : Chimerical Procession: The Poetics of Inversion and Monstrosity
Chapter 3 : Priapic Ride: Gigantic Genitals, Penile Theft, and Other Phallic Fantasies
Chapter 4 : Magical Metamorphoses: Variations on the Myths of Circe and Medea
Chapter 5 : A Visit from the Devil: Horror and Liminality in Caravaggesque Paintings

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mariearrachard (2 mai 2024). Parution : Guy Tal, « Art and Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy », Amsterdam University Press, 2023. Collectif d'Historiens de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 19 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

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