The Role of Apotropaism in Medieval Art

2 pages | 450 words

This essay discusses the role of apotropaism in medieval art. Apotropaism is the practice of averting evil or bad luck by means of magical spells or rituals, and was an integral part of many cultures throughout history. Apotropaic symbols and motifs were often incorporated into works of medieval art in order to protect the artist, the artwork, and/or the viewer from harm. These symbols served as powerful talismans against evil forces, and also brought good luck and fortune to those who viewed them.