May 6 - June 25 2017
The Witch Figure
The image of the witch emerged in European art from the mid 15th century. It became popularised through illustrations in books. These images created the conventional image of the witch, conjuring in a magical circle, communicating with demons, dancing in circles, flying through the air on broomsticks, creating storms and hail showers. Some of these satirize the fear of the established church of witches and these can be delightfully amusing.
Adam McLean has uncovered many of these neglected woodcuts and engravings and coloured them to make them more accesible to the modern eye.