Probably after Giulio Romano
The Carcass (Lo Stregozzo)
Engraving and etching, 300 × 631 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 25099
Although sixteenth-century German prints of witchcraft are well known, the theme counts as a rarity in Italian art. This large engraving of a puzzling subject, possibly a witches’ sabbath, is intermixed with numerous antique motifs, especially those associated with bacchanals. The combination of elements related to sorcery and mythology suggests the scene is related with Hecate, the Underworld goddess of magic, and darkness. The print was executed after Raphael’s death, probably on the basis of Giulio Romano’s drawing.
engraving, Giulio Romano, print