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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Lo stregozzo[1] is an engraving variously attributed to Marcantonio Raimondi or Agostino Veneziano.

Yet another puzzle is presented by the print’s contents. In a spooky, nocturnal swamp landscape, a witch is seen riding the mighty skeleton of a kind of sea serpent, mounted in turn on a construction fashioned of bones which is being pulled along by two athletic men. Fantastical animal skeletons, he-goats and bizarre hybrids accompany the parade, which leaves smoke and flames in its wake. The protagonists - numbering a magical seven - thunder impetuously past, the reeds bend in the wind, birds fly up, frightened out of their cover, the witch’s long hair - source of her magical powers - flutters in the wind, mingling with the smoke that billows from the vessel in her arms. Before her are kidnapped children whose dreadful fate is sealed, another is being towed along by one of the cart-pullers, two more are hiding in the thicket between him and the billy goat. [2]

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