the spell or the witches francisco de goya
Section of The Spell 1797-98. Oil on canvas, 44 x 32cm. Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid.
Witches in the Air still rates high on the fright-o-meter. These witches wear pointed hats but are unusual in most other ways. They fly but need no broomsticks, they are young and, most importantly, they are male. I don’t know where the idea of witching being a purely female pursuit came from, it is by now the common idea, but it was not accepted in Goya’s time that only girls could grow to be witches.
Witches’ Flight (Spanish: Vuelo de Brujas; also known as Witches in Flight or Witches in the Air), is an oil on canvas painting completed in 1798 by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. It was part of a series of six paintings related to witchcraft acquired by the Duke and Duchess of Osuna in 1798.  It has been described as “the most beautiful and powerful of Goya’s Osuna witch paintings.” 
The general scholarly consensus is that the painting represents a rationalist critique of superstition and ignorance, particularly in religious matters: the witches’ corozas are not only emblematic of the violence of the Spanish Inquisition (the upward flames indicate that they have been condemned as unrepentant heretics and will be burned at the stake),   but are also reminiscent of episcopal mitres, bearing the characteristic double points. The accusations of religious tribunals are thus reflected back on themselves, whose actions are implicitly equated with superstition and ritualized sacrifice.  The bystanders can then be understood either as appalled but unable to do anything or willfully ignorant and unwilling to intervene.   
Witches’ Sabbath (Spanish: El Aquelarre)  is a 1798 oil on canvas by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Today it is held in the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid.
Goya used the imagery of covens of witches in a number of works, most notably in one of his Black Paintings, Witches’ Sabbath or The Great He-Goat (1821–1823).
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This powerful and disturbing painting shows three female witches carrying a man as they fly in the air. The man is naked and has his head thrown back and his arms outstretched, as if he is struggling. The three witches appear to be biting or kissing his body. The witches are nearly naked, as well, and wear only short skirts and a high pointed hat, called a coroza.
On the ground beneath the flying figures is a man, clothed in black, who is walking with a white cloth or sheet completely covering his head and face. Beside him, another man is lying face down on the ground with his hands covering his ears. Nearby, standing a little down a slope on the right of the painting, is a white donkey. The background of the painting is stylised and shows only a pitch back sky and completely bare ground. No stars, clouds, grass or trees are shown, and there is no horizon.