Witches Exploring the Iconography of the Sorceress & Enchantress

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Lorenzo Lorenzi

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Territory: World excluding Italy
Size: 240 mm x 170 mm
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 32 colour, 40 b&w

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  • Witches: Exploring the Iconography of the Sorceress and Enchantress focuses on the interpretation of this subject, including those of a philisophical, iconological and psychoanalytic nature since it emerges that even in a study involving general questions of aesthetics and taste we discover that the historical background hinges on the differing forms of presentation which reflect the changing patterns of political and religious events

This book features the iconographic evolution of the witch over an extensive period of European culture: from the days of Classical Greece to the Romantic age. The study includes some of the most famous images in the history of European art, and focuses on the dual character of the witch in major literary works, as well as archetypal images in painting, sculpture, wood-carving and other artistic means, often of a strongly symbolic or allegorical significance.

With a clear, readable and, at times, provocative style, Lorenzo Lorenzi illustrates a fascinating theme, strictly tied to that of magic and mystery, and explores the various cultural aspects which it involves. This book is focused on a reasoned and accurate evaluation of the major characteristics of a figure whose significance is lost in the mists of time, the practitioner of the occult, the witch, a character who has existed in various guises since the dawn of civilisation.

The Origins of the Myth: The Classical Prototype
The Meeting of Opposites During the Middle Ages
Daughter of Venus. The Image of the Witch in the Fifteenth Century
The Witch of the Renaissance: One Image with Two Persona
The Modern Age: The Image of the Venus terribilis
The Nineteenth Century and the Return of Medusa