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In parallel of the two exhibitions displayed inside the galleries the Small Palace presents a selection of masterpieces on "Sabbath and Temptations".
Drawings and engravings of the greatest masters - selected from the permanent collections - reflect the interest that artists of the Renaissance and the seventeenth century have brought to the world of witchcraft, whom followers were never so numerous that at the start of the Modern period.
The heyday of witchcraft: 1450-1650. During those times of change and crisis, the witch became the scapegoat of a destabilized and credulous society. Demonology treaties are published and summarize all the beliefs: Night flight to demonic witches, sabbath pact with the Devil, black magic and necromancy, infanticide, enchantments and spells, couplings with demons, animal metamorphoses ...
Sensitive to the concerns of their time, artists could not ignore issues related to demonology and masters from Dürer to Callot, left many representations of witches, sabbath, necromancers and demons.