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Félicien Rops and Evil Women

Félicien Rops and Evil Women: Art of a Decadent Demoniac

Lecture – Madeleine LeDespencer
Launching Three Hands Press WITCH-IKON

The Belgian erotic illustrator Félicien Rops (1833-1898) gave the world alluring images of feminine evil in fin de siècle France, earning him the place as a leading illustrator of 19th-century dark eroticism. Rops’ work captures the diabolical spirit of the Decadents; unsurprisingly, he was the illustrator of choice for Charles Baudelaire and Joséphin Péladan.  In this illustrated lecture, Madeleine LeDespencer explores how female sexuality was celebrated, othered, and endarkened in Rops’ art. Prepare for pearl-clutching!

Madeleine LeDespencer is an expert on French 19th century decadent occultism. A researcher and collector, she is a co-editor of WITCH-IKON, a collection of essays on witch iconography and symbolism in sorcery. This event is the book’s UK launch, and copies will be on sale on the night. Party follows lecture.

Ticket: £9 book online

Time: Please arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. No latecomers

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SOLD OUT Luisa Casati, the Bewitching Muse

Luisa Casati, the Bewitching Muse

Lecture – Dr Will Visconti



This event is sold out.



Marchesa Luisa Casati was one of the greatest muses and art patrons of the early 20th century, cutting a swathe through the circles in which she moved. Hers is one of the most painted faces of modern art, and hers were the most flamboyant parties in Europe. She was involved, too, in fashion, and treated herself, in some ways, as an artistic creation.

The Marchesa was known as a mastermind of opulent spectacle, but she had a private, esoteric side. In the the enclosed chambers of her grand villas, she studied  and practised the occult arts: necromancy and hexes, divination and binding spells, and more.

In this vibrantly illutrated lecture, Dr Visconti uncovers Casati’s little-know occult practices, and then turns to showing how she incorporated magic and witchcraft into her projects, where the hints are there in plain sight. The occultism even fed into her her identity as ‘a living work of art.’

Dr Will Visconti is a lecturer at Central Saint Martins, and  holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at London’s School of Advanced Study. Join us for an evening where fashion meets magic, where splendour shrouds secrecy – in an unforgettable night.

Image credit: Luisa Casati by Man Ray.

Time: Arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. No latecomers

Price: £9  Ring, or book online here below

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