By Charles Zika
Shortlisted for the 2008 Katharine Briggs Award.
For centuries the witch has been a strong determine within the eu mind's eye; however the construction of this determine has been hidden from our view. Charles Zika’s groundbreaking learn investigates how the visible photograph of the witch was once created in overdue 15th- and sixteenth-century Europe. He charts the improvement of the witch as a brand new visible topic, displaying how the conventional imagery of magic and sorcery of medieval Europe used to be remodeled into the sensationalist depictions of witches within the pamphlets and prints of the 16th century.
This e-book indicates how artists and printers around the interval built key visible codes for witchcraft, corresponding to the cauldron and the using of animals. It demonstrates how influential those have been in making a new iconography for representing witchcraft incorporating issues comparable to the facility of girl sexuality, male delusion, ethical reform, divine windfall and punishment, the superstitions of non-Christian peoples and the cannibalism of the recent world.
Lavishly illustrated and encompassing in its technique, The visual appeal of Witchcraft is the 1st systematic examine of the visible illustration of witchcraft within the later 15th and 16th centuries. it is going to supply the reader a distinct perception into how just like the witch advanced within the early sleek global.