Four Naked Women, 1497

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  P.93.9

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Given society's fear of women-particularly acute in the anxiety-ridden years before the millennium-it was but a small leap to the label of witch. In 1496, Nuremberg saw a second printing of Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches' Hammer), a handbook for detecting witches. It said women's insatiable desires made them throw in with the devil. This 1497 print hints at conspiratorial mischief as four powerful nudes loom above a skull and bone, while a demon lurches at left. The "O.G.H." on the globe may stand for O Gott hüte (O God protect).

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Title
Four Naked Women
Artist Life
1471–1528
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.93.9
Catalogue Raisonne
M.69a/h; H.69; B.75; D.14; K.14
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