Sunday Morning — Victoriana of the Week

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“The Magic Circle”, by John William Waterhouse

It’s October, and my favorite holiday, is only a few weeks away, so I’ve decided to start celebrating early.  Happy Halloween!

Today’s Victoriana is “The Magic Circle”,  John William Waterhouse’s painting of a witch drawing a fiery magic circle to create a ritual space.  If you enbiggen the picture, you can more easily see the ravens and the half-buried skull just outside the circle, and how the circle itself is beginning to flame.  She’s holding a curved blade, which suggests that something is about to be sacrificed.

“The Magic Circle” is at the Tate.

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