A Witches' Sabbath

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1650

Artist:

Cornelis Saftleven
Dutch, 1607-1681

About this artwork

An old woman riding a goat and brandishing a broomstick dominates this picture, which is an outstanding example of Cornelis Saftleven’s work in a traditional Netherlandish genre: scenes of hellfire and witchcraft. Pioneered by Hieronymous Bosch and given new life by Jan Brueghel and Jacques de Gheyn II a century later, such ghoulish subjects were aimed at an audience of sophisticated collectors. Paintings and drawings in this genre combine precise scientific observation—as here in the moth wings of the howling figure on the right—with a sense of powerful, uncontrolled natural forces.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 213

Artist

Cornelis Saftleven

Title

A Witches' Sabbath

Origin

Holland

Date

1640–1660

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

21 3/8 × 30 3/4 in. (54.3 × 78.2 cm)

Credit Line

George F. Porter Collection

Reference Number

1945.290

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