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13 Scary Paintings from Art History to Prep You for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and many of us have had our outfits planned since 1st November 2015. But if you're still scrambling, not all is lost as we’ve got the scare tactics to give you some seriously disturbed inspiration! The Public House of Art has compiled 13 of the scariest, creepiest, sickest and illest paintings from art history. Think we’re the first generation that’s fucked up?! I think we all know where the term, ‘tortured artist’ comes from. ;)


Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Triumph of Death. 1563.



Vincent van Gogh. Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. 1885-86.



Anton Raphael Mengs. Portrait of Mariana de Silva y Sarmiento. 1740-94.



Salvador Dalí. The Face of War. 1940.



Peter Paul Rubens. Saturn Devouring His Son. 1636-38.



Henry Fuseli. The Nightmare. 1781.



Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Water. 1566.



Francis Bacon. Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. 1953.



Matthias Grünewald. The Temptation of Saint Anthony. 1512-16.



Gustave Moreau. Diomedes Being Eaten by His Horses. 1865.



Jan de Baen. The Corpses of the De Witt Brothers. 1672-75.



Théodore Géricault. Anatomical Pieces. 1819.



Franz von Stuck. Lucifer. 1890.

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Triumph_of_Death

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_of_a_Skeleton_with_Burning_Cigarette

3. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/view?exhibitionId=%7b8751a3c7-1ce6-440f-8784-68135f0d4c19%7d&oid=656894

4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Face_of_War

5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_(Rubens)

6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nightmare

7. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/Arcimboldowater.jpg

8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Study_after_Vel%C3%A1zquez%27s_Portrait_of_Pope_Innocent_X

9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temptation_of_Saint_Anthony_in_visual_arts

10. https://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-moreau/diomedes-being-eaten-by-his-horses-1865

11. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Jan_de_Baen-_De_lijken_van_de_gebroeders_de_Witt.jpg

12. https://www.wikiart.org/en/theodore-gericault/anatomical-pieces-1819-1

13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer_(Stuck)