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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

The Witches Flight

The Witches Flight, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
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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. Download

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It’s a work of deep 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. Scholars say the image is a critique of superstition, we say it’s a damn scary painting.

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