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The Witches’ Procession (Lo Stregozzo) or The Carcass

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The Witches’ Procession (Lo Stregozzo) or The Carcass

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Marcantonio Raimondi, Italian
ca. 1475/80–before 1534
Agostino Veneziano, Italian,
ca. 1490–after 1536

Date

ca. 1520

Medium

copper engraving on ivory-colored paper

Accession #

2011.117

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Initially hailed as a masterpiece by Marcantonio Raimondi, this engraving—variously titled The Witches Procession (Lo Stregozzo) or The Carcass—has since been reattributed to his talented assistant Agostino Veneziano, whose work reveals a greater affinity for nocturnal, macabre scenes. This print depicts an array of enigmatic skeletal creatures and demon-like humans processing through a marshy landscape. At the top right a wrinkled, witch-like woman perched on one of the beast’s spines leads the group. Hand outstretched, she claws at the heads of frightened children nearby while her male counterparts wield femur bones to clear the path ahead of them. Despite Veneziano’s use of unconventional iconography, the precise meaning of this engraving remains elusive.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Estate of Barbara Dunbar Stewart and European Art Acquisition Fund