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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 from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century.

Men, women and children have all been accused of sorcery, but the majority of those punished for witchcraft have been female. This exhibition brings together engravings, drawings and paintings by artists who had a distinctly macabre fascination with witches.

While Francisco de Goya painted them as a disfigured coven worshiping the devil and offering it children to eat, his Romantic predecessors – such as Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Odilon Redon – depicted sexualised sirens of feminine evil.

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