From hideous hags to beautiful seductresses, witches have held a magnetic attraction for artists over the centuries. This exhibition studies these malevolent sorceresses in art over the past 500 years.

This exhibition brings together engravings, drawings and paintings by artists who had a distinctly macabre fascination with witches. The German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer depicted them as sensual, naked beings trampling bones beneath their feet, others, like Francisco de Goya painted them as a disfigured coven worshiping the devil and offering it children to eat.

There is also a contemporary section that looks at modern attitudes to witches. Kiki Smith has made a series of commemorative sculptures in remembrance of the women who were burnt and drowned for simply being different.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm Closed 25 & 26 Dec
(August - Mon – Sun, 10am – 6pm)

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