Sex, Drugs, and Broomsticks: The Origins of the Iconic Witch
Sex, Drugs, and Broomsticks: The Origins of the Iconic Witch | Atlas Obscura "From the viewpoint of our modern times, such drug use and self pleasure are not such shocking acts, but are in fact liberating, but at the time a woman choosing to do what she wished with her own body or mind was so unthinkable as to be synonymous with the devil himself. Many women were tortured and killed because they dared to explore such personal liberties."
Museum number: 1868,0822.188 Description: A witch riding backwards on a goat, with four putti carrying an alchemist’s pot, a thorn apple plant. c.1500 Engraving Producer name: Print made by: Albrecht Dürer Curator’s comments: This engraving was made in about 1500. soon after Dürer’s engraving ‘Four Witches or Four Naked Women’ (dated 1497; Hollstein 69). They are Dürer’s only prints which relate directly to the contemporary obsession with witches