3671 – ‘Circe and Her Lovers in a Landscape’ reproduction

Museum classification:
Images of Witchcraft
25 x 20 cm

Reproduction of Dosso Dossi's 'Circe and Her Lovers in a Landscape'.  Original painted c. 1525.

Circe, goddess of magic, daughter of Helios and Perse, whilst other sources suggest she is daughter of Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft.  In The Odyssey Circe works at a great loom and lives in clearing of a dense wood.  She has knowledge and mastery of potions and herbs: her home is surrounded by animals who are the drugged victims of her enchantments.

Dossi's image shows Circe surrounded by birds and animals (formerly humans) and reading from an inscribed tablet.  At her feet is a book of magic.

Wood, glass, print