At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that these were modern pieces, modern in the sense of the 20th century anyway. Both the colour pallet and some elements hint at this, but of course, the shape of the female figures tell a different story. Both relate to the early 19th Century German play "Faust" by Johann Goethe, and were painted by the Spainish artist Luis Ricardo Faléro, in 1880 and 1878, respectively. Both paintings don't have official titles, but many consider the painting on the left to be "The Witches Sabbath" and on the right, the "Departure of the Witches", which depicts the vision the character of Faust, had in the play:
"Falero’s Vision de Faust presents Faust’s dream as he experiences an adventure through the Satanic realm where witches and demons journey to a communal gathering. Satan, or Mephistopheles, was seen by the Romantics as the dark shadow that enabled humans to see the brilliance of heavenly light; only by knowing the depth of his darkness, could one appreciate the greatness of the light. The faces and striking poses of Falero’s demonic women bring the darkness to an entrancing level of detail, a truly captivating vision."There are lots of details to admire, especially in the larger versions. My favorite elements are the bats and the glowing red eyes belonging to the center character. More background information on the paintings, as well as information on Faléro's preparatory studies, can be found in the following links. All information and images here came via [sexywitch.wordpress.com].