"Painting of a gothic castle, artist unknown, circa 1920s. Oil on canvas, 20-by-28. Miss Franklin, where did you say you got this?"
Prue Halliwell on the painting.[src]

The Cursed Painting was presumably created and later enchanted by a witch named Nell in the 1920s. She used it to trap the warlock Malcolm for eternity by writing a spell under the painting that only his power of X-Ray Vision could read. When he read the spell, he was trapped inside the castle in the painting.


For the following seventy years, the warlock Jane Franklin kept the painting and sought a way to free her lover, though she required the Charmed Ones. She eventually found Prue Halliwell and brought the painting to Buckland Auction House. When Prue read the incantation after viewing an x-ray, she became trapped, while her sister Piper later made the same mistake.


Jane destroying the painting.

Phoebe, under the influence of a smart spell, found the incantation to free them. However, when she tried to sent the spell to her sisters, Malcolm stole it and released himself from the painting to reunite with Jane. When Jane set the painting on fire, Phoebe trapped herself and the warlocks inside and stole back the spell to save herself, her sisters and Kit, who had been sent in with the release spell. Malcolm and Jane eventually died in the fire as the painting was destroyed.[1]

The Inscriptions[]


The incantation in the underwriting.

To Free What is Lost[]

Absolvo amitto amplus brevis. Semper mea.
To free what is lost say these words. Mine forever.

Words Free Us All[]

Verba Omnes Liberant.
Words Free Us All.

Notes and Trivia[]


The Herstmonceux Castle

  • The castle on the painting is based on the Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, United Kingdom. The painting looks similar to the castle but some slight changes.
  • In "Charmed Noir", a book called "Crossed, Double-Crossed" has a world of its own, signifying that it was created from a similar level of magic.