Trivium Art HistoryFrancisco de Goya y Lucientes

The Witches Flight

The Witches Flight, 1797 — Francisco de Goya y Lucientes,
43.5 cm30.5 cm

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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