From the man who brought you art history’s most charming figure, the disconsolate cherub of Melencolia (1514)
comes the witch
riding backwards on her goat
She had to be there, right?
See her “unusually muscular torso”
And the “distaff that rises from her crotch”
“her appropriation of male power”
More of my Ballarat Women to come …
Image: Witch riding backwards on a goat, engraving, c. 1500, Albrecht Dürer from the exhibition, Radicals, slayers and villains: Prints from the Bailleau Library, currently showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.