A sorceress doing her thing. The Magic Circle (1886) by

A sorceress doing her thing. The Magic Circle (1886) by

2/20/2021, 12:38:39 PM
A sorceress doing her thing. The Magic Circle (1886) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) shows how a sorceress uses her wand to create a magic circle in which she can focus on her ritual. And she seems successful, as she has perfect control over the direction of the smoke stack, which is going straight up, unaffected by the wind. You can see a few animals that are strongly associated with magic. The small frog in the right foreground and the crows are not allowed to enter the magic circle. But the snake around her neck is inside. In her left hand, she holds a crescent-shaped sickle, something that connects her with the moon, as well as the Greek goddess Hecate who is strongly associated with witchcraft and magic. And then there are various other interesting details, like the skull, and the people in the background. But Waterhouse kept the background deliberately vague to focus on the sorceress and give this work a mysterious feel. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Magic #MagicCircle #Tate #Sorceress #Sorcery #Crows #Frog #Snake #Potion #Mystery #Mysterious #Magical #Intriguing #Waterhouse #PreRaphaelite

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