Goya (1746–1828): Witches in the Air, 1797-98, Oil on2/2/2021, 8:56:46 AM
Goya (1746–1828): Witches in the Air, 1797-98, Oil on canvas, 43,5 x 31,5 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid . . 'Witches in the Air' was one of six canvases Goya sold to the Duke and Duchess of Osuna in 1798, as a part of the decoration program for their country house in La Alameda. They are linked to the etchings from his Caprichos series, in which he presented scenes of witches and witchcraft similar to this one. In the painting, three bare-chested characters wearing dunce caps hold a fourth, nude character in the air while another lies on the floor, covering his ears, A sixth figure flees, his head covered with a white cloth. With his hand, he makes the gesture intended to protect him from the evil eye. At the right of the scene, a donkey stands out against the neutral background. Witches (figures with dunce caps) are sucking the blood out of the body of someone dead or dying. The man with the cloth over his head is making a sign with his hands to ward off evil spirits.