Witch-persecution was widespread across Europe in the Early Modern period. The invention of the printing press exacerbated the process, by disseminating ideas and fears about witchcraft. Publications relating to witchcraft used vivid woodcut images, illustrating the evil deeds of witches to a largely illiterate population. These four images are from the "Compendium Maleficarum", published in 1608.
cotton, linen, synthetic yarns
170 x180 cm
Collection of the Art Endowment of the City of Aalborg, Denmark