Added on: 15th Aug 2016
"A PUPPET FOR THE NIECE", BY SANTIAGO CARUSO
Born in Argentina in 1982, Santiago Caruso is known for his
black-and-white symbolic art pieces. His limited colour
scheme and use of light focuses the eye on his
generally macabre themes.
"DULLE GRIET", BY PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
Known as Mad Meg, Dulle Griet was a peasant woman who
led an all-female army to pillage the underworld in this
previously lost painting by Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
"LUCIFERO", BY FRANCESCO SCARAMUZZA
Francesco Scaramuzza’s painting of Lucifer gives us the creeps,
especially due to its slightly hazy appearance and the fact that the
devil is chowing down on a human snack. This painting
appeared as an illustration in Dante’s Inferno.
"STUDY OF THE HEADS OF TORTURE VICTIMS",
BY THEODORE GERICAULT
Theodore Gericault was a post-French Revolution painter using
Romantic art to criticize the monarchy and the prevalent
rational scientific views of the time. In his painting “Study of the
Heads of Torture Victims”, as in others, Gericault used real
body parts as his models. The heads’ expressions are said
to represent the pessimism of post-revolutionary France.
"UNTITLED", BY ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI
The Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski is known for painting
scenes of a post-apocalyptic world in his trademark Gothic style.
"THE FLAYING OF MARSYAS", BY TITIAN
Flaying is the process of slowly skinning someone alive which
was used as a torture and execution method. In this painting
by Titian, the satyr Marsyas is flayed for losing a musical
challenge against the god Apollo. Gruesome as it is, the
story is meant to chastise the excessive pride of an
ordinary person (or satyr) to challenge a god.
"THE LAST JUDGMENT", BY FRA ANGELICO
A legendary Florentine painter of the 15th century, Fra Angelico
was known for painting Biblical scenes with a special
penchant for the last judgment and the return of Jesus.
"HEAD OF AN IDEALIST", BY KEN CURRIE
Scottish painter Ken Currie is known for his figurative and often
haunting portrait paintings. Here, he portrays the conflict between
thoughts of the people and of the intellectuals in the
seemingly dark and vacant eyes of the idealist.
"NIGHT CREEPER", BY ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI
Zdzislaw Beksinki most often paints in the style known as
“Fantastic Realism”. Following its themes of deformed figures
and exaggerated scenes, as in most of his paintings,
“Night Creeper” gives off a sense of dread and fear.