I’ve seen the following quote attributed to both Banksy and Cesar A. Cruz , “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” The 15 gory paintings listed here may prove the latter part of that quote convincingly, no matter who actually said it first, as they are all a bit disturbing. I guess though there are others they might comfort. Freaks. LOL
Seriously though, these are not paintings of sunflowers or stars or anything else bright and airy. Take a look and let us know what you think. We’re interested in hearing your opinions.
The Flaying of Marsyas
Dante and Virgil in Hell
Dante and Virgil in Hell by W. A. Bouguerea
Dante and Virgil in Hell was inspired by a short scene from Dante’s Inferno where Dante, accompanied by Virgil, watches a fight between two damned souls.
Deterioration of Mind over Matter
Diodes Being Eaten by His Horses by Gustave Moreau
The dramatic climax from the 8th labor of Hercules, who ordered the capture of King Diomedes’ four flesh-eating horses. Hercules killed Diomedes in battle and fed his body to the horses. (Watercolor)
Figure with Meat
Hell by Hans Memling
It was one of the scariest art works during its time (1485) and was attempting to force people to live virtuous lives. The banner saying “In hell there is no redemption” amplifies this effect.
Judith Beheading Holofernes
Necronom IV by Hans Rudolf Giger
Giger suffered from night terrors and his paintings are to some extent inspired by his experiences with sleep disorder. This is the image used to portray the alien in the movies by that name.
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Matthias Grunewald
The Temptation of Saint Anthony is one of the most impressive and most intense among the works of many famous painters. There is so much going on in this it’s hard to know where to begin looking.
The Flaying of the Corrupt Judge Sisamnes
The Flaying of the Corrupt Judge Sisamnes by Gerard David
This was based on the Herodotus story about a judge who accepted a bribe and delivered an unjust verdict. The king had him flayed alive as punishment.
The Water Ghost
A Negro Hung Alive
A Negro Hung Alive by William Blake
A slave suspended to a gallows by means of a hook through his ribs is truly gruesome This was based on the account of J.G. Stedman, a Dutch soldier who personally witnessed the event.
And there you have it. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.