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Agostino Veneziano : “The Carcass / Lo Stregozzo” (c. 1520)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

An Italian engraving of the 16th century, The Carcass, or Lo Stregozzo, depicts a cruel hag leading a diabolical procession atop a bizarre skeletal wagon, towed by nude human figures. In one hand she holds a vessel of flaming fire, evocative of lust; in the other, she seizes a frightened baby by the head — to crush, perhaps, or to consume.

In Exorcising our Demons: Magic, Witchcraft and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe, historian Charles Zika suggests that Veneziano may have been alluding to the “wild hunt” or “furious horde” of German folklore; a procession of ghostly or supernatural figures who ravaged the countryside, presaging war or plague. Those who chanced upon them might be punished, slain or compelled to join their procession, but those who remained indoors might placate the evil spirits by setting out offerings of food and drink.

Its central figure was traditionally identified with any number of divinities and legendary figures, including Freya, Wodan, Odin, Diana/Artemis, Proserpina/Hecate, and, of course, the Devil. In The Carcass, however, she is more than likely a witch, cribbed from a contemporary engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat.

“The wild ride of witches,” writes Zika, “had become established as a fundamental feature in literary accounts of the witches’ repertoire of evil by the early sixteenth century. And some early visual images of witchcraft…would also represent witchcraft as a line of women riding on animals.” The Carcass thus exemplifies early modern Europe’s dread of “the destructive powers of witchcraft…linking it to the powers associated with the dead and fears of female sexuality.”

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

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If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

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