UK's first exhibition exploring portrayal of witches in art

The Weirs Sisters from Shakespeare's MacBeth by Henry Fuseli.
Witches: The exhibition looks at how the supernatural is portrayed.The Trustees of the British Museum

The UK’s first ever exhibition dedicated to the portrayal of witches in art will open this weekend.

Witches and Wicked Bodies, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art contains more than 80 works by artists such as Goya, Henry Fuseli and William Blake.

It aims to show how the depiction of witches and witchcraft has changed over the past 500 years.

The exhibition also has prints, drawings and printed broadsheets about the witch trials.

A number of events will be put on alongside the exhibition, including a series of talks and lectures. Film screenings will also explore cinema’s contribution to the visualisation of witches.

On Halloween, the National Galleries will hold a 2013 By Night event with live music, tours, bars and themes activities.

Witches and Wicked Bodies runs at Modern Two from July 27 to November 3 and costs £7.

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