Engraving by Albrecht Durer, Germany, 1501
Fine art replica giclée print © 2020 by Allen Bjorkman
Witch Riding Backwards On a Goat
Image Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 11 7/7 inches
Matted Dimensions: 11 3/4 x 16 3/8 inches
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Below her, four putti disport themselves, the arrangement of their bodies forming a ring shape with the goat. The latter is a symbol of lust and was thought to embody the devil. One putto carries an alchemist's pot to use as her cauldron, another holds a thorn apple plant, an ingredient with magical properties, and a third, with his bottom pointed towards the viewer, is breaking wind. Durer's initial has been purposely made backwards.