The Witches Flight

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1797
The Witches Flight, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
The Witches Flight, zoomed in
43.5 cmThe Witches Flight scale comparison30.5 cm

The Witches Flight is an Oil on Canvas Painting created by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes in 1797. It lives at the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Spain. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Witches. DownloadSee The Witches Flight in the Kaleidoscope

It’s a work rife with symbolism. Goya’s airborne witches wear sanbenito, the tall conical hats worn by heretics during the Spanish inquisition. A cowering peasant makes the figa gesture with their hands to ward off evil. A donkey, symbol of ignorance, observes without fright. The image may be a powerful critique of superstition, but it’s also a damn scary painting.

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