Witches and wicked bodies

By Fleur Clarke

Posted on October 13, 2014 in Fun Stuff with tags British Museum, Exhibition, Witches

The British Museum’s Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition examines the portrayal of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. Suffice to say, it’s pretty weird. Here are some of the strangest things we saw.

This man who kind of looks like how we feel on a Monday morning


The Many Temptations of St Anthony  (1470) by Martin Schongauer


This bad ass chick

Harpy (1582) – Melchior Locke


A painting where the devil (or more specifically the hundreds of devils and a very unusual cannon) really is in the details….



The Temptation of St Anthony (1635) – Jacques Callot

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The cutest depiction of Cerberus ever and an adorably plump bat


Mad Meg (c. 1645) – David Teniers the Younger


These people who appear to be en route to some kind of Satanic rave

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The Witches’ Route (c. 1520) – Agostino Veneziano


Two people travelling in style


The Witches’ Enchantment (c. 1698 – 1722) by Claude Gillot


A lady making a very meaty lamb stew

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I can’t remember the name of this fabulous urn, so if anyone would like to illuminate in the comments I would be very grateful!

The Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition is on until January 11th 2015 and entry is free!


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