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Witches, cannibals and murderers: the stories behind some of the Musée d’Orsay’s most violent works of art. In his new book The Orsay Murder Club, the art historian Christos Markogiannakis examines the horrors of the Paris museum’s collection.

Were witches really “the Devil’s instrument”, or victims of a misogynist society? The art historian and self-described “criminartist” Christos Markogiannakis questions this and many other artistic interpretations of some of history’s most violent figures and events in a new book, The Orsay Murder Club. The pocket-sized edition, a follow up to his National Prize-winning The Louvre Murder Club, takes works from the Paris museum’s collection and analyses the crimes depicted using modern psychology and research. Below is an excerpt on the “Women Criminals, Witches, Gendercide, Femicide” based on Paul Ranson’s La sorcière au chat noir (Witch and black cat) (1893).

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