Penetence and Pornagraphy
Sex and nudity were often
featured in art about witchcraft. Witches were thought to have
sexual relations with the devil so this made a great reason to
display sexuality while staying within the realm of what was
righteous and religous.
Grien, woman riding man, print,
The image on the upper right is a clearly
pornagraphic image of a witch. This witch is riding on the back
of this man who is either the devil or a man she has weakened
by her evil charms.
Davidson mentions the use of witchcraft
subject matter for pornagraphic puposes in her book on Northern
European Witchcraft Art.
"Witches and demons always enjoyed
a sabbat which was an orgiastic revelry and perhaps because so
much witchcraft art is pornagraphy, this was always a popular
component of sabbat scenes in art."(Davidson, 101)
The image on the lower right by Hans Baldung Green, a Northern
European artist, is an example of how the subject of witchcraft
could be used as an excuse to paint scenes of nudity and debauchery.
This image has an obvious connection to witchcraft in the title,
as well as the emblems included in the work. There are two types
of vanitas images: the broken dead tree, and the skull and bone.
There are Animal Familiars, and the women are casting a spell.
Green "Preparing for Witches
This page authored by Theresa