Illustration 3. The woodcut heads a collection of sermons by Johannes Geiler von Kaysersberg, Die Emeis (“The Ant Colony”) published in 1516–1517. It illustrates a story from Nider’s Formicarius about a woman (right) who took part in the Wild Ride on a bench, holding a banner. The man in the tree is identified as Satan or the god Saturn. The powerful imagery develops from Molitor’s witches in Illustration 2, especially the sexualized portrayal of nude witches with cauldrons in the center. Courtesy of
the University of Pennsylvania

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