Witches at their Incantations

Rosa worked in Florence from 1640-1649, during which he created various works depicting witchcraft. “Witches at their Incantations” is the most remarkable surviving example of these works. While paintings of the occult were atypical of 17th century Italy, there were some. In the center of this dark and mysterious scene, Rosa depicts the casting of spells below a man that is hung from a barren tree. The figures are lit, though the background is entirely dark.

Creator: Salvator Rosa

Date: about 1646

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 72 x 132 cm

Location: National Gallery London