December 2, 2010 5:49 PM Subscribe
What do you call this kind of setting (in art)? What are your favorite examples?
posted by rahnefan to media & arts (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Picture a stereotypical wizard's study or laboratory, full of potions, dusty old tomes, astrolabes, owls, and skulls. And the classical witch's kitchen, with much of the same stuff but creepier, plus maybe cats, bats, cauldrons or broomsticks.
What are some of the oldest and/or most exemplary pictorial examples of this kind of scene, and is there an all-inclusive name for it? Are there good examples that tie these things closely to real history (Druidic tradition, Voodoo, alchemists)? Or even photos or screen caps if you have some really good ones.
Similar but different scenes would be parlors of fortune tellers or a magicians' library, with tarot cards, crystal balls, imps, etc. Also related but very different would be depictions of Black Sabbaths or Bacchanalia. The latter would be too dissimilar because I am thinking more like locations than events.
authentic looking fake > earnest but hokey
awesome haunted attraction > food-court wiccan