For some artists, depictions of Christ on the cross or nubile women in various states of undress just isn’t enough. They have other things on their mind. Darker, more sinister things…
Redon’s work is wonderfully off-kilter: “undreamed-of images” as Huysmans put it. (Above)
Check out: The Cyclops
Check out: The Garden of Earthly Delights: Hell
Check out: Saturn Devouring One of His Children
Evoking hell exercised the imaginations of many of the great artists, but few captured it with quite the visceral terror of Rubens.
Check out: Descent into Hell of the Damned
Perhaps the greatest children’s book illustrator of all time, Rackham produced endless images of crooked creepiness, including the definitive renderings of Alice in Wonderland.
Check out: Calling Shapes and Beckoning Shadows Dire
Check out: The Revelation of St John the Divine
The French symbolists were particularly good at creating imagery of rich peculiarity. Moreau’s Apparition is one of the strangest paintings in the canon.
Check out: The Apparition
A crazed horse looming out of the dark and a weird bat creature sitting on your bosom? Yes, this is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
Check out: The Nightmare
10. Francken the Younger
Check out: Dance of Death
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