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Aquelarre, or Witches' Sabbath

  • 'Witches' coven' © Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano

    'Witches' coven' © Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1797-1798

Cultural background

Neo-classical

Original title

El Aquelarre
Lázaro Galdiano Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

This magnificent painting by Goya was part of a series of six commissioned by the dukes of Osuna to decorate their estate, "El Capricho", near Madrid.

The main character in the scene is the devil, depicted as a large male goat who is being given two boys as an offering. The set of paintings, as well as representing episodes inspired by the 1610 Logroño Auto-da-fe, is considered to be a satirical criticism of the superstition of the educated society to which the Duke of Osuna and the painter belonged.

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
43 x 30 cm.

Technique
Oil on canvas,

  

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