Iconography, fats, and scandals of the subversive of history

curated by Luca Scarlini
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Scorri a destra e sinistra
per vedere tutte le immagini


An old and new story of witches, between ancient knowledge, hidden ceremonies, sacredness and eroticism to tell a figure of a woman removed from culture and life.

Antique prints from a unique collection in the world, with dark-toned engravers like Dürer or Goya and soft-colored artists like Delacroix, sixteenth-century cursed treatises, original themed film posters, amulets, fetishes and other ritual tools from the remote Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall.

The exhibition, conceived and produced by Vertigo Syndrome, exhibits a collection of antique prints unique in the world, which brings together the greatest engravers and artists of the last two centuries with extraordinary forgotten anonymous illustrators, presenting scenes of curses, torture, sabbaths and cruel episodes of witchcraft, but also bright scenes of good witches, gypsies who heal children from illnesses and magical symbols hidden in pastoral paintings.

The visitor begins his visit by living the experience of a real witchcraft trial held by a court in 1539. He is then invited to enter the world of the Ancient Religion of the Great Mother by experiencing its places, rites, actions and the objects in a path that is divided into ten strongly characterized rooms, from the mythological tradition to the definition of the figure in the modern era.

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  • in Monza (Villa Reale Belvedere) – from 29 October 2022 to 26 February 2023
  • in Bologna (Palazzo Pallavicini) – from 17 February 2024 to 16 June 2024


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