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The Four Witches (Four Naked Women)

The Four Witches (Four Naked Women)

1497
(German, 1471–1528)
Catalogue raisonné: Meder 69
Location: not on view

Description

Dating from early in Albrecht Dürer’s career, this engraving cannot be tied to a specific narrative but may allude to the Greek goddess of the underworld, Hecate. Four nude women gather under an orb with a skull at their feet, while a ghoul emerges to their left. Three of the women could represent Hecate, who was often depicted with three faces or bodies; the fourth may be Diana, Hecate’s counterpart on earth. The nudity and allusions to black magic suggest mischief and the realm of witches. Prints offered a new medium for exploring subject matter that was deemed inappropriate in other media, such as painting.
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  • {{cite web|title=The Four Witches (Four Naked Women)|url=false|author=Albrecht Dürer|year=1497|access-date=02 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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